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Alan Payling raises the issue of the national obesity crisis and speaks to a tour driver who, having taken the advice of his doctor to address his diet, has got a weight off his mind – and his body too

Brian Smith is now a healthier weight, having lost two stone. Alan Payling

 

In more ways than one, the obesity crisis in the UK is getting bigger by the imperial pound every second. Putting on weight has serious implications for one’s health and could have dire consequences for those who work in the bus and coach industry – and for the industry itself. The impact of weight gain is not hard to miss amongst those who drive for a living. You may know what’s going on. People are eating and drinking too much, not exercising enough and they’re becoming overweight or obese in the process. The health consequences of excess weight can be severe. There is an increased risk of diabetes and as a result, other serious and life-threatening conditions could arise. Perhaps uniquely, PSV drivers can put their licences and thereby their income at risk if their larger-than-life diets develop into serious medical conditions. […]

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