Cure for obesity: Just eat less
The Government should stop promoting exercise as a key way to tackle the obesity epidemic, a leading surgeon said.
Tory Lord McColl of Dulwich, professor and director of surgery at Guy's Hospital in London for 27 years until his retirement in 1998, said eating less rather than greater activity was the crucial factor in losing weight.
"We are in the middle of the most serious epidemic to have hit this country for 100 years - the obesity epidemic," he said at question time in the House of Lords.
"The cure is free - you just have to eat less."
He asked health minister Earl Howe: "Why does the Department of Health insist that exercise is important in this equation?"
Lord Howe replied that the department took its view from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).
He said: "I'm sure you will agree that exercise is never irrelevant to the question of obesity. I think your difficulty centres on how relevant it is in relation to reducing calorie intake and no doubt the debate on that will continue."