Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Government Failing To Tackle Obesity - Lamb

“There has been a 41% rise in one year in the number of people undergoing stomach surgery for obesity, new figures have revealed. The figures come from a parliamentary answer given to Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb. Commenting, Norman Lamb said: ‘The Government’s failure to tackle rocketing adult and childhood obesity is one of its biggest embarrassments. Obesity surgery should only be used in very extreme cases and is not a quick fix solution. The Government is now spending an enormous amount on treating obesity and not nearly enough on prevention. We’re in danger of treating the symptom rather than the underlying causes. ‘It should be easier for people to work exercise into their daily routines and it is vital that children know from an early age about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.’”


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