The predictions of an explosion in obesity and weight-related diseases are coming home to roost alarmingly fast. And inspite of the fact that every day now brings with it some new slant on obesity, today's news on diabetes was high on most news agendas.
The warnigns and predictions have been going on for the best part of a decade and by now seem to trip off the tongue, obesity leads to heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, metabolic syndrome, lots of other things and even if you just get one of these,it leads to complications in its own right that are particularly nasty.
But now it's happening and the diabetes explosion which the experts predicted is here-the red line has shot up the chart. Already the health charities are shaking their heads.
I should add here that we are talking about type II Diabetes, not the sort you get because of a genetic predisposition but the sort that can be brought on by the type of lifestlye you lead. Type II is totally avoidable and is being seen in younger and younger children.
A further problem for people struggling with their weight is that once they have this type of condition, it has complications which are likely to affect their ability to keep healthy and lose weight, so they get locked into a vicious downward spiral.
With nothing on the horizon to effectively halt, let alone reverse, the creeping tide of obesity, we will have to wait to see what the Government comes up with next.