The UK’s NHS is under increasing pressure to spend more on obesity prevention and treatment.
This week, the NHS will spend £11bn on prevention and support to tackle the obesity epidemic.
But the scale of the challenge means it is already seeing some serious funding cuts.
We look at what’s happening.
Why are the NHS facing cuts?
The government is keen to point to a series of initiatives, such as a plan to raise the minimum wage to £9.70, that have led to savings.
But these have largely been offset by higher prescription charges, which are also forcing doctors to reduce their workload.
In addition, the government is considering a £1bn reduction in the annual grant to the Royal College of Nursing, the UK’s medical profession.
But while the cuts may have been significant, they are still not enough to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic, according to a study published in the BMJ.
The authors of the study, led by Dr Jochen Schmidt of the University of Bonn, argue that the cuts are not enough.
They say that the government’s strategy is still failing to tackle obesity.
They also argue that obesity prevention, treatment and support should not be viewed as a “front line” job.
Instead, they argue that prevention and care should be a priority for the NHS.
What is the NHS doing?
The NHS is facing a significant funding shortfall.
The number of patients being seen at hospital is declining as a result of the obesity pandemic.
As a result, the number of people in emergency departments has more than doubled.
But in recent years, the amount of spending on obesity treatment has fallen by more than half.
And there is also an increase in the number being admitted to hospital.
These factors have led the government to look at ways to reduce the number and severity of hospital admissions.
The Department of Health is also looking at ways of raising the minimum salary, which is the amount that patients pay to see a doctor.
But this is also facing significant challenges.
It has been reported that the pay rise will be at least double what the NHS receives in revenue.
It is also expected to be higher than the £6,000 it receives in tax-free payments from employers.
But as Dr Schmidt points out, the increase is still lower than the NHS spends on all its other activities.
And as the study points out: “It is not just the pay raise but also the tax increase that are the primary obstacles to a significant reduction in obesity admissions”.
What is a preventive diet?
Prevention is often defined as reducing one’s intake of certain foods.
But it also means making sure that people do not over-eat.
It can include regular exercise, or eating fewer sugary foods such as sugary drinks and snacks.
The NHS has recently begun to offer a diet to patients.
It aims to tackle one of the main causes of hospitalisation: weight gain.
In some cases, patients will receive a low-calorie diet that includes vegetables and fruits.
This is part of a strategy to reduce hospital admissions, which has helped to reduce overall hospital admissions from the obesity emergency.
But with these measures, it is still not achieving the goal of reducing obesity admissions as much as it could.
But why are the costs so high?
The costs of treating obesity have risen significantly over the last few years.
As Dr Schmidt says: “The problem is that the NHS has not been able to get all its priorities right.”
It is hard to compare the NHS with other countries, where it has already taken steps to reduce obesity.
The OECD has recently said that the US has the highest obesity rate in the world.
The British government is also spending less on prevention, but has seen its spending on treatment fall by half over the same period.
This means that it has a bigger overall cost of care than countries such as Germany, which have more intensive and comprehensive approaches.
The Royal College estimates that in 2015-16, the cost of treating people with obesity in the UK was £1,500 higher than it was in France.
What can the government do to help?
In 2016, the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, unveiled a package of measures to address obesity.
But there is a long way to go.
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said at the time that the changes would come as part of the Government’s 2020 strategy.
But Dr Schmidt and Dr Schmidt’s colleagues argue that this does not seem to be enough.
“We can’t rely on any government policy to change what’s already happening on the ground,” they write.
“The NHS needs to take a hard look at its priorities and the priorities of other healthcare systems.”
The Government must look at how it is spending its money on obesity and how to reduce it, the authors say.
They suggest that this can include making sure obesity prevention is a priority.
This could mean reducing the amount spent on obesity screening, as this has already led to significant savings, and making sure the funding for the obesity research programme is made up of other priorities