I HAVE seldom read anything quite so foolish as Allan Massie’s piece on obesity (Perspective, 10 June).
He suggests we are all getting a bit overwrought about the problem of obesity, attacking the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, for declaring it is “the new smoking” in a bid to dramatise the seriousness of the problem.
According to Allan Massie, who is I am sure quite innocent of any medical qualifications, it’s not much of a problem at all.
In support of this, he cites a 2007 government statistical forecast which said that, by 2015, 36 per cent of males and 28 per cent of females would be obese.
According to the Allan Massie quoted figures, it turned out it was only 26 per cent and 24 per cent respectively. Is this supposed to mean there is no problem?
I am sure Mr Massie is also mistaken in his next argument, which is that the obese, smokers and drinkers do the NHS a favour by dying sooner, so they are less of an extra cost than the health conscious who go on to torment health professionals with their longevity.
Really, this is no way to discuss health problems, and I am sure his analysis is quite wrong.
With obesity comes a loss of activity and movement, heart and lung problems, diabetes (a major developing scourge) and many more afflictions that health professionals could acquaint Mr Massie with – he is merely peddling anti-Nanny state propaganda.