Good Morning Britain: Weight-loss expert claims overweight people should be refused junk food


A weight-loss expert has told ITV Good Morning Britain that he thinks overweight people should be refused junk food in restaurants.

Steve Miller appeared on the breakfast TV show this morning (April 28) saying that fat people should be treated the same as drunk people in pubs and refused service.

However, he denied that his idea is ‘fat shaming’, instead describing it as ‘life-saving’.

Speaking to Susanna Reid and Adil Ray, he said: “Whenever we talk about a subject like this, we always raise those two words, fat-shaming.

“Listen, we need to turn this around and call it life-saving.

“We’ve got one in four people obese in this country, men five times more likely to get type two diabetes if they’re obese and women are up to 13 times more likely to get type two diabetes.

“What I’m thinking is for those people that are a BMI of 40 plus, and we are talking really quite big there, is to make sure we look after those people absolutely to save their life potentially… and refuse to serve junk food to those people.”

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Susanna questioned Steve saying that forcing people to go home and eat whatever they have in their fridge or order a takeaway is fat-shaming.

Steve responded: “No, you see every time we talk about conquering obesity, you talk about fat-shaming.

“We’ve really got to get a grip on this. If you get Covid and you are severely obese, you’re up to 48 per cent more likely to die if you are hospitalised.

“You want to call that fat-shaming, that’s okay, but we have to have some behaviour change in the UK.

“And if that means being cruel to be kind, sometimes a bit of tough love, then that’s what we are going to have to do.

“It’s not about being horrible to people. It’s about actually reversing these obesity numbers.”

It wasn’t just Susanna who challenged Steve on his opinion.

Journalist Ateh Jewel completely disagreed with him, saying that ‘shaming’ people is not going to help them lose weight and is dangerous.

She said: “It would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous. It feels like a Black Mirror episode.

“I have been on that journey. From the age of 19, in my 20s and 30s I doubled in weight, I gave myself type two diabetes.

“I had an amazing doctor who said no one has a food problem, they have a feeling problem.

“The only way to tackle this is with love, connection, positivity and encouraging positive coping mechanisms.”

Ateh revealed that speaking with her doctor made her realise why she was eating, which was mainly due to being made to feel like she didn’t fit in.

She did however agree that the obesity problem in the UK is dangerous and needs something to be done.

“We should be focusing on coping mechanisms,” she continued. “We should be focusing on positivity.

“Shame is what stops people from reaching for help.”

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Ateh’s comments lead to Steve interrupting her and saying that what he is proposing is not shaming people.

He replied: “Stop talking about shame. Just get a grip for goodness sake. We are talking about serious potential illness.

“We are also here having to talk about and bring into the conversation, those people that really struggle with food addiction. Yes, food addiction. Those people are literally eating their own grave.

“This isn’t about being cruel. This is about saying anyone over a BMI of 40 is really putting themselves in danger.

“If it means we have to be cruel to be kind then so be it.”

Ateh didn’t agree, instead saying that Steve’s ideas were ridiculous.

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She responded: “Honestly I think Steve is being very lazy in his approach.

“The thought of having to present a BMI to get a Big Mac is kind of ridiculous,” she added, causing Steve to shake his head whilst laughing.

“I mean Steve, it’s ridiculous. What has to happen is conversations about loving yourself, empowering yourself.”

Once again, Steve interrupted, saying “You’re talking absolute rubbish.”

Susanna stopped Steve, asking him to allow Ateh to speak.

Ateh continued: “Give me respect to be quiet and let me finish my point.

“What I am saying to anyone listening is it’s not about listening to the Steve Millers of this world. It is about loving yourself, cutting out toxic people, cutting out the negative noise.

“Food is not really the problem, it’s like saying an alcoholic is really thirsty because they drink a bottle of vodka – that’s ridiculous.

“It’s what is the real problem here and the real problem is feelings. As soon as you tap into that, the weight drops off.”

Although it seemed like Steve and Ateh could debate this topic all day, their conversation was cut short due to running out of time.

What do you think about the suggestion that overweight people should be refused junk food? Let us know in the comments.





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