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Is obesity really costing the UK economy billions of pounds a year?

Junk food and convenience foods are coming under serious attack from many different parties as the obesity crisis in the UK continues to develop. While many may not realise, the obesity crisis costs the UK billions of pounds a year not least through the increased cost to the NHS.

Medical considerations as well as the ever increasing cost to the UK economy are behind a new move by the government and various charities to increase consumer awareness and try to introduce more healthier diets and living habits to the UK population. This may sound like a small change but the impact in the longer term could be enormous not only to the health of the nation but the cost to the economy.

This is the latest in a long line of "keep fit" promotions by the UK government after the realisation that a mushrooming of obesity worldwide will be very expensive in so many ways. Quite how the authorities hope to convert people from convenience and junk food to more stable diets remains to be seen as the increased taxation of "unhealthy" foods has not worked in the past.

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