Telling people that obesity can kill them doesn’t really work.
Apart from the threat of death, what incentive is there for the obese?
Perhaps the government could use airlines to help save the effort and money wasted on dealing with flab.
At the moment, airlines are biased against thin people, who end up subsidising the obese.
Yet recently, an airline introduced exorbitant charges for excess luggage.
Instead, airlines should weigh the passenger and the luggage together and charge accordingly. The obese would be punished financially and would automatically try to do something about it before the next holidays.
After all, heart attacks, cancer, strokes, arthritis, gall stones and breathlessness are insignificant deterrents, but a holiday abroad is a life-and-death issue.
Dr Anand Deshpande