Girling vows to fight the ‘Festive Flab’ as she launches 'Healthy Living' campaign and a Weight Watchers service for MEPs - La Treizième Étoile: A blog on EU politics
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Girling vows to fight the ‘Festive Flab’ as she launches 'Healthy Living' campaign and a Weight Watchers service for MEPs

Saturday, 14 January 2012
It simply would not be Christmas without all the food, and diets are of course a popular New Year’s resolution. With that in mind, and as Parliament returns from its Christmas break, South West Conservative MEP Julie Girling has decided to this launch a new Healthy Living campaign. Working in partnership with Weight Watchers, she wants to help MEPs and Citizens across Europe get healthy in 2012.

Politicians have to lead by example,” she writes on her website. “It’s no good asking people to make changes if you're not prepared to work at it yourself. Individuals have to be proactive about health and take responsibility for the food they eat. As a nation we are getting fatter and obesity is becoming a massive drain on resources. This is not about the state interfering in peoples’ lives.

Obesity is costing society a fortune in healthcare costs and lost working time. Unfortunately obesity levels have continued to rise over the past decade and I believe that more should be done to address this,” she said.

The new service for MEPs will feature weekly 2 hour ‘drop-in’ meetings during every Brussels week in the European Parliament and confidential one-on-one advice on nutrition, physical activity and weight management from an experienced Weight Watchers coach.

Weight Watchers is one of the best-known organisations that help thousands of people to lose weight each year. Mrs Girling is clearly keen to practice what she preaches and says she has signed up to the programme herself!

She also remarks (unfortunately without naming names) that there are “a number of overweight MEPs and it’s time for them to beat the bulge!” Come to think of it, I can think of a few…

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