About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

UK's Proposal to Architects, Town Planners to Tackle Obesity

by VR Sreeraman on November 5, 2007 at 7:00 PM
Font : A-A+

UK's Proposal to Architects, Town Planners to Tackle Obesity

The British govt has decided to cure obesity with better designs - by roping in architects and town planners in its drive against the disease. The UK govt has developed a guidance to be sent to developers and authorities, according to which staircases will need to be made more attractive and roads narrowed or even closed to discourage cars.

The proposal also calls for schools and employers to encourage "active travel", by creating new walking and cycle routes, re-allocating parking places to cyclists and introducing more speed humps and other traffic calming measures.

Advertisement

The flab-fighting proposals drawn up by officials at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), also recommends marking out playgrounds with different coloured areas, to "encourage varied, physically active play by creating zones for different types of activity such as traditional (and other) individual and team games."

The guidance was approved by Nice's board last week and is to be sent to planning offices across the country over the next few days. Nice has already suggested that pedometers could be made available on the NHS and has backed "exercise referral schemes" which introduce fat patients to personal trainers.
Advertisement

The guidance encourages motorists to drive less with a raft of new policies that include widening pavements and establishing more cycle lanes. Nice also aims to persuade more employers to provide showers and changing facilities in offices, to get more staff to cycle to work. Park keepers and designers are advised to do more to entice the public into being more active, by "ensuring public spaces - including public parks and coastal and forest paths - encourage people to be more active".

Architects and designers of public buildings are told to "ensure staircases are clearly signposted and attractive to use, well-lit and well-decorated. The guidance also mentions "green gyms," i.e. gardening groups designed to make the overweight burn calories. The Government is increasingly concerned by what is perceived as a escalating obesity epidemic. Earlier this year, Nice published research that claimed nearly 700,000 people in Britain are morbidly obese.

"Physical activity not only contributes to wellbeing, it is essential for good health. Increasing activity levels will help prevent and manage over 20 conditions and diseases including coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. It can also improve mental health," the Telegraph quoted Nice, as stating.

Source: ANI
LIN/V
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Turmeric: Magic Ingredient to Keep you Healthy in Winter
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Healthy and Safer Thanksgiving 2021
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Bariatric Surgery Obesity Bulimia Nervosa Liposuction 

Recommended Reading
Obesity
Obesity is a condition where there is excess accumulation of body fat which poses a risk to the ......
Health Messages on Stairs Encourage People to Skip the Elevator
A new research has found that health messages printed on flights of stairs encourage people to walk ...
Exercise Improves Thinking, Reduce Diabetes Risk in Overweight Kids
Daily vigorous physical activity by overweight children can help improve their thinking and reduce ....
Bulimia Nervosa
The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followe...
Liposuction
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, which is used to suck out the excess or abnormal fat deposition...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use