Monday, September 06, 2004

The fat issue

BBC news has a discussion on the problem of obesity in the UK.

For me, it should be an individual thing but since in the UK the costs of our actions (including
unhealthy lifestyles) are socialised via the NHS to some extent, a commons problem exists. If we can externalise the costs of our actions, incentives to live healthily are diminished. If it were known that those 3 cheeseburgers + fries a week will add £20 to your health insurance premium, there might be an incentive to eat more healthily. It is no good arguing for individual responsibility whilst we can cheaply offload the consequences onto the NHS.

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