Obesity doomsday panic scenario bollocks. Or, why don’t the media do their job?

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This morning’s obligatory social panic on the national news (or Sky, at any rate) was the prediction that by 2050 half the population of the UK would be so obese the country would sink beneath the waves. And something must be done, of course.

This came from a group called the National Obesity Forum. Perhaps the media should have found out who this group are and decided whether their message may just be a little slanted in favour of a particular interest group or groups before broadcasting their press release to the nation.

According to their own website the Obesity Forum receive support, “professional and financial”, from a number of institutions, including Canderel, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche Products and Mantis Surgical equipment. Sounds more like an industry lobby group than an independent professional organisation to me, but perhaps I’m just being cynical. Read the list for yourself.

The head of the Forum is Dr David Haslam, who last year suggested that obese children should be offered gastric surgery in order to control their weight. Recommending surgery as a remedy when just getting a child to eat less seems a bit extreme, doesn’t it?

Does nobody in the mainstream media check the provenance of these stories?
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