In a new essay from our collection 'The NHS if...' David Buck takes a hypothetical look back from the year 2050 at the impact of the 'obesity epidemic' in the first years of the 21st century. 

It is now 2050. And as an independent policy technician at Cybersocial Systems, I’m looking back at the impact of the ‘obesity epidemic’ in the first years of the 21st century. It seems odd now, but at the time there was serious scientific debate about what ‘caused’ obesity, the role of the state – should it be a nanny or get out of people’s lives – and the relative effectiveness of the state, businesses, communities and individuals to influence outcomes..... Read more

David Buck. David Buck is a Senior Fellow in public health and inequalities at The King’s Fund.