Well, here’s one:
Britain will be the fat man of Europe within a decade after the largest ever obesity study found that almost four in 10 people will be dangerously overweight by 2025.
For the first time there are more obese people than underweight people in the world as bad diets and lack of exercise combine to create an unstoppable health time-bomb.
Health experts said the crisis in Britain was now a ‘national tragedy’ and blamed the government for failing to bring in higher taxes on sugary foods and drinks.
Like all good Fools it starts off sounding like something we’re regularly being told. It’s when it gets explained further that we see that it’s obviously a spoof:
Researchers at Imperial College London said the true health impact of poor lifestyles was being masked in the UK by statins and beta-blockers which lower blood pressure and cut cholesterol and are now taken by millions of older people.
But they warned that within ten years so many people will be severely obese that such drugs will stop working and surgery will be the only option to prevent disease and early death.
Drugs will stop working if more people take them? And the killer blow:
Obesity currently costs the health service £47 billion a year, just under half the entire NHS budget.
Great spoof. Starting out with what some would call reasonable and then spiraling off into absolute nonsense.