Welcome to The Royal High School’s BBC School Report.
We are looking at the problems of obesity and comparing this with the perceived risks associated with Ebola.
This report has been produced by Lewis, Katie, Charlie, Lauren, Regan and Murray.
Thank you to Mr Stables, Ms Templeton and Mr Rutter.
“Hello, I am Lewis reporting from The Royal High School in Edinburgh. I’m with my colleagues Katie, Charlie, Lauren and Murray.
Today we are going to look at why people are focussing on Ebola when they should be worrying about cancer and big problems like obesity.
As of December 2014 only 10 cases of Ebola have been found outside of Africa.
What we are seeing with Ebola isn’t something that people outside of Africa should be focussing on so much.
According to President Barack Obama “What we are seeing now is not an outbreak or an epidemic of Ebola in America. This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear”.
We should be focussing on obesity. I’ll now hand you over to Lauren.
Thank you Lewis.
Obesity is the term used to describe someone who is very overweight with a lot of body fat.
Between 100 000 and 400 000 deaths are attributed to obesity and related issues per year in America and the UK is seeing a similar problem with doctors saying obesity issues are reaching epidemic levels, with a trebling of the problem in the last 25 years.
One in three 11 year olds in the UK is obese or seriously overweight. In Western Europe the UK is the third ranked for obesity related deaths, after Iceland and Malta. By the end of this year obesity will be costing the NHS £6.4 billion per year. Nearly two thirds of men and women in the UK are obese or overweight. I’ll now hand you over to Katie and Murray.
Thank you Laurn.
I’m here with one of the HE teachers at The Royal High School, Ms Templeton, and I’m going to ask her a few questions on her opinion on obesity and perceived risk.
Do you have any views on obesity and why you think it’s such an issue now?
Yes, in general Scotland as a nation seems to be getting fatter. It’s a big concern because it’s now the second fattest country in the word and particularly it seems to be around the areas where there is high unemployment and depredation.
Why do you think that the foods we are eating have changed?
Well, traditionally Scottish cooking methods used to be done, going way back, everything was put in a big cauldron over a big fire which included lots of meat, local vegetable, local cereals, local gronw cereals and the resulting meal was a meal on a plate with a whole load of balanced ingredients in it. And people didn’t get fat.
How do you think we could adopt a more healthy lifestyle?
Well I think now food has become a mystery to some people because we have over the years allowed the multinational companies to take control of our diets and basically we have lost control of what we eat and when we eat it. So therefore becoming divorced from home produced food which is locally sourced. Luckily and thankfully the government has now woken up to this fact and there is now much more emphasis on sourcing food locally, eating it seasonally and using sustainable sources for this food.
Thank you very much for your time Mrs Templeton.
Ebola is bad in Africa but not elsewhere
Elsewhere things like obesity are major killers
Should we worry as much about something that has killed 10 000 people in the world or should we be more worried about something that kills over half a million people annually?
That’s all we have time for today.
This has been The Royal High School reporting for the BBC School Report.”