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The NHS currently spends £4 billion a year on treating obesity and it is predicted that Britain’s obesity epidemic will cost the NHS and the economy £60bn annually by 2050.

This week the new has reported that 110,000 super obese people drain the NHS of £450million per year, but how did we get so big?

Super Size Food for Super Sized People

Last night the BBC showed the second part of The Men Who Made Us Fat, which focused on how the food industry has increased portion sizes in a simple marketing ploy to make us purchase more food. Some examples of super sizing include:

  • 1,233% increase of size of a chocolate bar since early 1900s
  • 223% increase of size of a burger since the 1950s
  • 500% increase of size of a fizzy drink (soda) since the 1950s

With food increasing in size, it should be no surprise that the average adult is nearly 2 stone heavier today than they were in the 1950s! (women have on average increased by 24.5 pounds while men have expanded by 28 pounds).

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