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14.11.2016

Obesity and ways to make people lose weight

Obesity diseases just continue to grow enormously.

Now, one third of the children are overweight. More than 80 % of them will be obese also in adulthood. In addition, there are those who gain weight as adults, and there are a lot of them. There will be 1.5 million diabetics, instead of the current half a million. The budget is already a mess.

Obesity-related illnesses can be cured if people are made to lose weight.

There are several ways to do that: Increased vat (e.g. 70 %) on junk food that would guide peoples’ choices, and that would be returned as a lowered tax (vat e.g. 5 %) for healthy products. Adding sugar to savory dishes totally prohibited. Full prohibition on the advertising of junk food. New kind of education for people working in catering and industrial kitchens. National Institute for Health and Welfare should be renewed so that they would be pro public health and not pro drugs. New alcohol politics (alcohol makes people fat). Government should encourage people to move and do it in better and more versatile ways. Children should not be allowed to leave the school premises between classes.

There are ways but is there understanding and political courage?