Being overweight is certainly high on the list of health issues, right up there with smoking. People who are overweight can expect to live 9 years less than people who are thin. Additionally, 30 thousand people die annually from problems which can be directly attributed to being over-weight. Britain's government is growing concerned at the rise in the number of overweight people, as it seems to be mirroring the weight problems of the United States. They realize that there is an urgent need to pay immediate attention to this matter. But, right now governmental oversight is lacking in the strength and focus required to address this growing issue among the people. Nutritionists have been providing healthy eating tips for quite a while now. However, no one has really explained to people how to make their new eating patterns a habit for life, in order to maintain a healthy weight.
It's good to see the government trying to help, however they are not able to alter a persons chosen lifestyle and will probably end up throwing away a lot of money on ineffective initiatives. They have to get the opinions of many more nutritional experts (this also means hypnotherapists) who know how to help people alter their attitudes toward eating in order to lose and maintain their weight. The New England Journal of Medicine has done some research into the idea that becoming overweight is something people can socially "catch" from other people. If a persons friends are overweight, that person could begin to believe that it is all right to be overweight as well.