Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.— Judith Viortst
Britain like so many other privileged countries are tipping the scales toward a global obesity pandemic. Two thirds of the nation are overweight, with half of that figure considered obese. Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown has further fuelled the problem as a third of Britons admit gaining half a stone or more, which the media were quick to name the Covid Stone. Now the NHS have released data stating, death from Covid-19 increases by forty percent in obese patients. The government has responded with an initiative to tackle obesity.
This isn’t the first time Westminster has attempted to curb the curves, with varying degrees of success. In 2016 it announced it would be introducing the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (sugar tax) which came into effect in April 2018. Revenue generated went towards upgrading school sports equipment and funded healthy school breakfast clubs. And encouraged manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar in their products (the equivalent of 45 million kg of sugar every year).
Please click the link below to view the policy paper and give your thoughts. My concern is, like everything else at the moment it is prompted in a response to Covid. Just its timing alone is poor judgement, when throughout August customers can enjoy half price pub grub, restaurant and fast food.
I struggled with my weight long before Covid. Starting to diet seriously as lockdown eased. I’ve lost 6lbs using a calorie controlled diet and exercise: cutting out fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate, increasing fruit and vegetables. The last fortnight has been hard hitting a willpower block, see food and eat it has once again become second nature. In the past I would throw my hands in despair and shout “oh well fat it is then”. Not this time. Each day I wake up with good intentions, sometimes they last and sometimes they don’t. I exercise for an hour a day now, which is something I did not do before lockdown, and my relationship with food is developing and changing. Weight loss is a marathon not a sprint and I’m in it to win it.
Come join me!