Like many developed nations, the UK is seeing a substantial increase in obesity among its population. A report from the House of Commons select
committee on health is scathing of the government's efforts to deal with the problem, the health effects of which are seen as a potentially huge
problem for the UK National Health Service. The report comments that it is "scandalous" that successive governments have failed to promote walking and
cycling as key modes of transport and lauds cycling as the single most effective solution to keeping folks trim.
Obesity has grown by almost 400 percent in the last 25 years. Three-quarters of the adult population are now overweight or obese. England has
witnessed the fastest growth in obesity in Europe and childhood obesity has tripled in twenty years.
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