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Hello, my name is Steffan Richards and I am here today to talk about why I believe that obese people should be made to lose weight. You are probably wondering what classifies a person as obese. It is all decided by your Body Mass Index or probably best heard of as simply BMI which is a simple formula that compares height and weight to give an estimated amount of fat in your body. If you have a BMI between 25kg per meter squared and 30kg per meter squared you are considered to be overweight. But if you have a BMI of over 30 you are obese. Unfortunately the word obese is becoming more common. Currently 25% of adults and 30% of children are considered to be obese in the UK which costs the NHS approximately one billion pounds a year according to figures released last year. If attitudes towards obesity don't change, by the year 2050 it is expected that a massive 50% percent of UK's population will be obese, a figure that will see the costs of obesity rise to forty nine billion pounds. ...read more.


Drinking and smoking are both very expensive hobies, In my opinion money from smoking and drinking would be better spent on healthy food. I don't think that people shoud quit drinking or smoking, just do less of it. I believe that technology has had a massive part to play in the massive increase. Jobs these days have much less physical work involved. Jobs include more office work and computer work where people sit down while working. Children and teenagers have more electrical games such as the 'X box' and the 'Play Station'. They spend more time indoors playing computer games rather than being outside doing more active activities. My proposal is that the government put more emphasis on the increasing number of obese children. In my opinion the road to obesity begins as a child. A child will eat what there parents give them. Unless they are given a healthy option they will continue to prefer the unhealthy option and by the time they are old enough to recognize the taste of different foods they will refuse to eat what they don't like. ...read more.


If anybody takes part in sport or any physical exercise they will burn calories. I think that exercise with a combined healthy diet would help obese people lose weight. I believe that if the government target obesity from a very young age the percentage of obese people can be decreased slowly, generation by generation untill a better society has been created and future problems solved. By losing weight I believe that obese people can finally become part of a society that will not judge them, they will have better chances at getting jobs and life will become much easier and happier. They will not have to live with the worries of becoming attacked by a disease. With America currently being stereotyped as an obese country the same will surely happen to Britain if there isn't a decrease in the percentage of obese people. Without the change in attitudes Britain will gain a reputation that it doesn't want and financial issues will spiral out of control. People will become lazier due to the increase in weight. Thank you for listening and I hope you understand why I belive that obesity is an issue that needs to be tackled immediately. Are there any questions you would like to ask? ...read more.

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