Incentives for weight loss

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By Lauren Edwards

Earlier this year, Boris Johnson bragged about losing a stone in weight, crediting the removal of the three C’s from his diet – cheese, carbohydrates, and chocolate. In fact, he was keen to point out that it was ‘late-night’ cheese that he had quit in a bid to become trimmer in time for his wedding.

Our PM was persuaded to shed the pounds after linking his bad experience with the Covid virus with the fact that he was heavier than was healthy for his frame. He tested positive for the virus in March 2020 and within a month was placed in intensive care and his situation became quite serious.

Now living a life without crackers ladened with Brie before bed, Mr Johnson has promised £100 million to fund NHS weight-loss schemes and has committed to banning advertisements and discounts promotions for unhealthy foods. But is this enough? According to government sources, 28% of adults in England are obese with a further 36% of the population being overweight.

What we want to do is encourage another 700,000 people around the country who have the kind of problems that I have had to do the same thing. So, we’ll be not just fitter but also healthier and happier.”

Boris Johnson

People looking to lose weight need to be supported or they may end up being tempted by radical approaches to their health. For instance, a new weight-loss tool was recently developed by a University in New Zealand, named the DentalSlim Diet Control.

The device attaches magnets to the wearer’s teeth, thus preventing overeating. By literally clamping your mouth shut, you can only open your mouth to a 2mm wide gap, thereby, restricting you to a liquid diet. On the plus side, it would be impossible for Boris to squeeze any Stilton through the gap, and you could look to improve your skills as a ventriloquist.

However, it does look a bit medieval and the concept seems too extreme. Dietary incentives should be about helping people to find healthier ways to eat, by reducing the cost of basic staple foods such as fruit and vegetables and educating on the dangers of high fat and sugary diets. Contraptions like these will only make the wearer feel as if they are being punished. You may as well tie their hands behind their back or pour washing up liquid into their cookie jars.

According to the NHS website, some of their top tips for losing weight are to never skip breakfast as this can cause more snacking during the morning and you may miss out on important nutrients. Get more active and find an activity you enjoy, if you don’t feel able to join the gym, get out walking. Read labels and learn what’s in your food as fats, sugar, and salt can be harmful in high quantities.

Or if all else fails, take inspiration from these famous ladies.

The best way to lose weight is to put the handle of the fridge two inches from the ground.

Dawn French

Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.


Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living.

Meryl Streep

I stand in front of the mirror and say to my daughter, ‘We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy. We’re so lucky that we’ve got good bums.

Kate Winslet



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