Treatwell: Beauty Salon Booking & Appointment App
The simple way to book beauty anywhere.
Download our free app.
Logging you in, please wait...
You are logged in
Log in to your account

The price of junk food? Britain's health

From: Selected Treats,

The price of junk food? Britain's health

We all have our weakness; chocolate, chips, a sneaky packet of crisps. But it seems that on the whole, Brits just can’t seem to curb bad eating habits, as it has been revealed that treating obesity-related conditions is now costing the NHS more than treating illnesses related to both cigarettes and alcohol combined.

According to figures revealed in a study by Oxford University and the World Health Organisation, around £12bn is being spent each year in an effort to treat diseases caused by poor diet and sendantary lifestyles, whereas funds used to tackle health issues caused by smoking and alcohol total just £6.6bm annually.

Although liver disease and lung cancer undeniably pose a higher individual risk to smokers and those who drink to excess, obesity has been linked to increased instances of not only diabetes and heart disease, but strokes and shockingly, most cancers. In addition, The British Heart Foundation (who funded the research) points out that the number of smokers in Britain has almost halved since the 1970s whereas obesity now affects one in four adults in the UK.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, a senior cardiac nurse said that a generation who do not know how to cook (and their resulting reliance on junk food), has meant that the typical British diet now contains extremely high levels of fat and sugar which increase the risks of many diseases. Worryingly, these dietary excesses can also affect those who do not outwardly seem unhealthy.

“Obesity is linked to a host of health problems,” she explained, “ but there are other people who look slim and healthy, yet the salt and fat content of their diet puts them at risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure."

It’s not only our own lives that are in danger if we do not tackle the nation’s obesity epidemic. The current level of spending is putting a strain on other elements of the healthcare system and could potentially lead to cuts in selected specialist departments.

"The costs are staggering,” said Tam Fry from the National Obesity Form, “[and] this is bringing the NHS to its knees."

Dealing with weight issues is really something that you should tackle sooner rather than later – not only is it easier to shift a couple of extra pounds compared to a couple of extra stone, it is also easier to keep to healthy habits when unhealthy ones have not had significant time to take root. If you are hovering around the obese range in terms of BMI, now is as good a time as any to take action.

If you (like many members of our team) are aiming to lose the love handles in time for summer or want to kick-start a mission to manage your weight, here are a few more targeted treatments that may be able to help you on your way:

Level One: small weight loss goal

Take a friend and enjoy a exercise session involving either Circuits, Yoga, Zumba, Kettlebells or TRX, a healthy lunch and a Nutritional Talk including fat loss, healthy eating and diet secrets.

Maximise the effectiveness of short workout sessions by performing them on a vibrating Powerplate. Test larger groups of muscles rapidly and safely whilst tailoring the workout to your needs.

Level Two: moderate weight loss goal

Enjoy boutique surroundings as you shed excess weight with a laid back programme of classes, treatments and specially tailored meals.

Give your exercise-powered weight loss a helping hand with six Lipastyle treatments – designed to help dissolve stubborn fat deposits.

Level Three: significant weight loss goal

Work off unwanted weight and improve your health with an intense boot camp that is designed to maximise fitness and minimise fat storage. Packed full of exercises that burn up to 600 calories per hour, this GI Jane residential program will challenge (and hopefully change) the couch potato within for good.

If disastrous eating habits are deeply ingrained, then Gastric Band Hypnotherapy may help break the cycle. Less invasive and dangerous than gastric band surgery, this treatment offers a mental (rather than physical) solution to end you battle with your scales.

Share this

Alison is a freelance journalist, blogger and life-long Londoner. A subject matter magpie and self-confessed make up junkie, if it's new, a little bit different and promises great things, she'll be onto it in a flash.

See my profile

More Entries

Treatwell loves: Super-polishes

Treatwell loves: super strawberries

Spa of the week: Tylney Hall Hotel and Spa

Tried and tested: Perfect Posture Session at Anamaya

Treatwell guide: ironing out wrinkles with thermage

Tried and tested: Pre-wedding pamper package at Michaela Mitoi

Treatwell loves: summer spa-ing

Treatwell loves: Sweet summer nail art

Treatwell guide: Lee Garrett talks treating hair loss

Treatwell loves: shine in jewel tones this winter

Treatwell loves: skin soothing solutions for National Eczema Week

Treatwell guide: fix your feet and walk tall

Treatwell loves: post-holiday healing with essential oils

Treatwell news: Champneys Tring to launch fertility programme

Treatwell news: JooMo brings truly 'natural' beauty to UK shelves

Treatwell news: The Sanctuary joins Vogue's 'Fashion's Night Out'

Treatwell news: UK’s first children's acupuncture clinic opens in London

Treatwell loves: Olympic winners and their local spas

Treatwell news: Lifehouse Spa launches partnership with ESPA

Tried and tested: soothing spa kits from Keep Immaculate

Could a coffee fix improve your memory?

Wellness profile: Rebecca Mayhew

For fitness with a tree top twist, Go Ape

Is the secret to healthy eating written in the stars?

Turn back the clock with just a smile

Creativity's mane event: Psionics Hair Show 2011

Tried and tested: Vita Liberata self tan

Reassess your activity levels and improve your health

Revealing the June Wahandies winners - gentlemen, this month it's all about you!

Stress and the city

Seeing red?

Stay sun aware: stay safe

Hypnobirthing hits Hollywood

Could back pain shrink your brain?

The Bikini Workout from Sienna Spa

Giving Britain something to smile about

Uplifting skin solutions from down under – tried and tested: Sasy n Savy

Melvita opens enchanting eco store in Putney

Camouflage and cunning cover ups

Treatwell visits the Vitality show

Hypoxi therapy: more than just hype

McIndoe and PharmEcosse Ltd investigate the healing power of insulin

Radisson brings the stars to Guildford

Tried and tested: high glamour blow-out at The Blow Bar, Islington

Life's a BLEACH at Topshop

Be the mane attraction

Drastic divorce makeovers and promotion-seeking plastic surgery

Brow lifts to lift the pain of migraines

Bring out the bunting and balloons for our birthday bash!

Shun Cupid and get glammed up

The Mere the merrier this Valentine's!

Help to mend rather than break hearts this February

Woo your date with dated bookings

Dare to bare for these Valentine's treatments

Will you be adding budget beauty treatments to your basket?

Food for thought: National Obesity Week

Up your berry intake and lower your blood pressure

Take the plunge and sign up for Swimathon 2011

Saving face: women are budgeting for Botox

Get your skates on!

Sort out your seasonally stressed skin

Are you tough enough to take on the Soldier Challenge?

Restore your joie de vivre at The Vitality Show 2011

Make a day of your mani at Nailgirls, Islington

All Brits want for Christmas is their two front teeth

For magical Christmas gifts, look no further than Treatwell

Merry Fish-mas!

Have yourself an Elemis-y Christmas

New Year, new you: 2011 toning-up trends

Plum: the new fragrance by Mary Greenwell

Bliss Christmas Customer Event

Blister busting Botox?

Wellness profile: Anne Biging

Treatwell on wellness: An interview with Anne Biging, Healing Hotels of the World

Give in to a gill-ty pleasure as Aqua Sheko comes to Soho

Downward dog; upward spirits

Posh pooch pampering at Harrods

The (bleached) end of perfect dye jobs?

Pre-Xmas fun with The Beauty Lounge

Bird beauty: Flamingos paint their quills

Slim without visiting the gym

Dream a little dream WITH me

Celebs turn their backs on Botox

Feed your gums

Fab craze or plain crazy? The chipped varnish manicure

Like a gym bunny...

Top pampering with lustre and bling

Jet set beauty

Eastthorpe set to raise brows as it goes HD

Stay slim; make sure your wallet’s bulging

Monday’s child is... lactose intolerant?

Salvage your skin: how to eliminate stretch marks

The mane attraction

It’s strictly pilates, darling

Stub out your smoking habit

Coming soon: sunshine in a tube?

Women prefer to see their cups half full

Stay sharp: let your mind (and body) wander

Say bye-bye to your BMI?

The Tan Factor comes to town

Acupuncture baby, yeah!

Apples and pears

Exercise, socialise and challenge mental health stigma

Science has spoken: beat stress with massage

Shimmer this winter with silver locks

Think before you ink: time to zap those tatts?

Weird and wonderful wellness mongrels

Injecting trust into the cosmetic industry

Polish those pinkies in aid of breast cancer charities

Tried and tested: the hottest thing in detoxing, Iyashi Dome

A stem cell smile?

A stitch and line reverses time

Top of the chocs

Think pink this October

Your health’s best friend?

Forget man flu, is there such thing as fat flu?

Store-hoppers: splash out and treat your feet!

The Minx effect

The ins and outs of Olympia Beauty 2010

Five alternative therapies that could help you stay fighting fit

Stealthy secret surgery figures soar

Ditch the itch this autumn

One feline's rehab is coming along swimmingly

Put your best foot forward

Turn that frown upside down

Sniffing out some original exercise

Is CO2 the anti-ageing jab for you?

Kayoga™ - hit the beach and strike a pose

Champneys champions Breast Cancer Care

Cupping and meditation: Jessica Simpson's path to tranquility