Pound for pound

The UK’s continuing obesity debate took on a distinctly feminine flavour just before Christmas, with a report from the chief medical officer. Dame Sally Davies turned her gaze to women’s health in her annual report and highlighted obesity as one of the biggest risks.

She said it affected “all aspects of a woman’s life from birth, family planning, pregnancy and right through to menopause and later life”.

First and foremost, she says, she wants action to prevent obesity from shortening women’s lives and affecting the quality of those lives, but she also gets the point that dealing with the health implications has a cost that impacts us all.

She added: “Action is required for women and across society to prevent obesity, and its associated morbidity and mortality, from overwhelming our health and social care resources.”

Caterers working across the cost sector are fully aware of the role they play in educating about food and offering healthier choices.

In the workplace, many have signed up to the Government’s Responsibility Deal, school food standards set the nutritional bar high, while those operating in hospitals see at first hand the health problems obesity can bring.

Obesity and the other side of the same coin, malnutrition, were the two key issues under discussion among the 2015 Top 20 ‘Most Influential’ in public sector catering when they gathered for a round table debate in December.

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