THE shameful obesity statistics released in Kirklees should serve as a stark warning to everyone.
Quite plainly, we must accept that overeating and a lack of exercise are problems which need to be tackled immediately across the UK.
Our health officials need to play their part in tackling the problem. But their main focus should be to inform us of the facts and urge us to take responsibility for our own actions.
Ultimately, it is each individual’s choice that counts.
History records that Britain’s men and women were lean and fit during the Second World War because there was barely enough food to go around.
Now, cupboards are full to the brim with what used to be luxury items. Children can grab a bag of crisps or buy a portion of chips and we think nothing of it.
And at the same time, exercise levels have decreased.
What is needed is for the modern world to re-educate itself before obesity reaches epidemic levels.
The solution is not banning chips. A little treat now and then bucks you up no end.
The answer is about individuals taking responsibility – understanding that they will have to deal with the consequences of the lives they choose for themselves and their children.
Obesity is a massive killer that needs to be guarded against, fought and beaten.