According to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Britain as a nation does less exercise than almost any other country on the planet. The same report also ranked men from the UK as the third fattest in Europe claiming 67.8 per cent of men aged 15 or over are either obese or overweight.
The Global Status Report on Noncommuicable Diseases concentrated on the growing global burden of what are more commonly called lifestyle diseases.
Launching the report, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, placed the blame for the “impending disaster” of chronic NCDs on multinational corporations that sell cheap food and drink laden with fat and sugar, without considering the consequences for society.
She said: “Today, many of the threats to health that contribute to noncommunicable diseases come from corporations that are big, rich and powerful, driven by commercial interests, and far less friendly to health.
“Slums need corner food stores that sell fresh produce, not just packaged junk with a cheap price and a long shelf-life.
“Here is a question I would like to ask the food and beverage industries. Does it really serve your interests to produce, market, globally distribute, and aggressively advertise, especially to children, products that damage the health of your customers?”
She concluded: “Unless they wake up, and take a hard look at policies across-the-board, some countries may very well see that the benefits of economic progress are quite literally cut up and devoured by a knife and a fork.”
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