Presumably the argument was that fatness will slot as many law abiding Brits, if not more, than Johnny Terr would. Standby for more erosion of civil liberties; the right to eat whatever and as much as you want.
The NHS is truly a wonderful thing but its strength could also be its weakness. Imagine if a critically large fraction of the population acquired a particularly unpleasant life threatening condition that could be suppressed by treatment at a Â£1,000 pond a day.
Personally I think any so-called obesity crisis will resolve the problem of public sector pensions as the Whitehall I & II studies have shown a correlation between early death and lack of controlling one's work. Obesity is more common amongst the lower paid and with the age of retirement rising gradually towards 70+ only the better off are likely to live long enough to receive their pension. Ergo: no pensions crisis. :twisted: