16 Feb, 2015

Could fining parents cut childhood obesity?

BBC News Magazine | Justin Parkinson| 13 February 2015

Obesity is described as one of the biggest problems facing mankind. The small US territory of Puerto Rico is debating whether to fine parents who fail to get their children to lose weight. But would this work elsewhere?

More than 600 million people, or 13% of the world’s adult population, are obese. The rate more than doubled between 1980 and 2014, according to the World Health Organization. The estimated cost to the global economy is $2tn (£1.3tn), including £47bn to the UK.