Taking On Obesity In UK: Diet Or Surgery

Taking on obesity in the UK have been a matter of concern for some time now. Data from a recent health survey indicates that 25% of adults and 10% of children are obese and it was predicted that by 2050 half of all adults would be obese along with one in every four children. This is not a new problem but it has been getting progressively worse in recent years.

The Causes of Obesity

Obesity In UK

There have been many theories about the causes of obesity. It has been attributed to emotional or comfort eating, poverty, eating too much fast food, lack of exercise, genetics, medical conditions, some prescribed drugs, slow metabolisms and many other factors. In the search for a definitive cause and possible solution to obesity, scientists have searched for and claimed to have located an obesity gene. However, in reality it is probably not any one specific thing that causes obesity but a combination of some or even all of the above. What is obvious is that modern lifestyles and the advent of television and the internet in particular have led to a generation of people who rarely spend time out of doors and do not get enough exercise.

What Are the Solutions for Obesity?

In simple terms, there are two main solutions to the obesity epidemic – diets or surgical procedures. There are pros and cons to each, with diets often seen as an ineffective method to bring about permanent weight loss and surgery considered to be too drastic an answer. Another issue with surgery is the number of operations that go wrong and result in medical negligence claims.

The Case for Diets In Obesity

For decades, diets and dieting solutions have been aimed mostly at women. These have ranged from appetite-suppressant tablets prescribed by the doctor to calorie-controlled diets such as the 1000-calories-a-day plan. Every week seems to bring another fad diet offering a miraculous cure for the overweight. Today there are meal-replacement soups, shakes and bars and an array of tablets and several slimming clubs all claiming to help with weight loss. But do they work? It appears that they do for some people but not others. However, the real problem is that once the weight is lost it is difficult to maintain, with many people quickly putting it back on again.

The Case for Surgery on Obesity

Bariatric surgery has increased in popularity recently. It is commonly carried out in an attempt to help morbidly obese people who have tried dieting and failed to lose weight. A gastric-bypass operation is major invasive surgery with all of its associated risks in addition to the added risks obesity contributes. Depending on the type of surgery carried out, the individual will need to restructure their eating habits as the capacity of the stomach is reduced. Gastric-bands are the less invasive option, using keyhole surgery to restrict the size of the stomach. But even this can result in complications.

The Future Of Obesity

It is difficult to predict what the ultimate solution to the obesity problem will be. It is said that the population of Britain was at its healthiest in the period of rationing during World War II, when people had to rely on home-grown vegetables to make up for the produce such as fresh eggs, meat, sugar and butter that was on ration. Perhaps the answer lies with healthy diets and getting more exercise rather than relying on surgical solutions except for the most severe cases.

About Blog Owner

I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog obesitytips4u.com. HowToReduceObesity covers articles on various obesity, Weight loss, Fitness, Diet topics. If you like This post, you can follow howtoreduceobesity on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *