’ – claiming overweight people would cost the NHS more money were they to live into their 80s and 90s.
Explaining that obesity costs the UK roughly £6.1 billion a year, the former BBC newsreader wrote: ‘How much would he or she cost if, instead of keeling over with a heart attack at 52, they live to a ripe, dementia-ridden old age, requiring decades of expensive care?
And, during a heated debate on Good Morning Britain, weight loss expert Steve Miller defended the 73-year-old’s comments.
In 2017, 26% of children aged 2-15 were at risk of overweight in Scotland, including 13% at risk of obesity.
Wales: In 2016 in Wales, 23% of adults were obese, and a further 36% were overweight.
In 2010, overweight and obesity were estimated to cause 3.4 million deaths, 3.9% of years of life lost, and 3.8% of disability-adjusted life-years worldwide, with major healthcare costs implicated.
If recent trends continue, it is estimated that there will be 2.16 billion individuals classified as overweight and 1.12 billion as obese by 2030.
‘The obese will die a decade earlier than the rest of us; see it as a selfless sacrifice in the fight against demographic imbalance, overpopulation and climate change.
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