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Dear Friends, I just added the petition "Ban MP’s from using mobile phones in parliament sessions". It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because: Police, teachers, and even down to care workers, supermarket staff, cannot use a mobile while, doing their duty of work, as it would be viewed as undermining their commitment, and performance, why should MP’s be allowed to do such, they are supposed to be in a trusted position to run our country efficiently, and that cannot be achieved by being distracted on mobiles, their is a ban on using a mobile while driving as it affects concentration, so remove the right from MP’s while in session Due to the current turmoil in the United Kingdom over brexit, and the debates in parliament, It is increasingly obvious that when viewing on television, most MP’S always on mobiles most of the public can’t use mobiles at work. Let’s ban MP’s so they have full attention on matters being discussed. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-mp-s-from-using-mobile-phones-in-parliament-sessions?share=9752a407-5745-4b9b-b659-990cc8bd589a&source=copy_email&utm_source=copy_email Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue. After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-mp-s-from-using-mobile-phones-in-parliament-sessions?share=9752a407-5745-4b9b-b659-990cc8bd589a&source=copy_email&utm_source=copy_emai

 

am writing in response to the Government consultation to introduce further advertising restrictions for products high in fat, salt or sugar on TV and online. I am [explain who you are, and why you are concerned about junk food advertising and child obesity here] I support the introduction of a 9pm watershed for all advertising on TV and online, and would also like to see this extended to include cinema, radio, outdoor digital advertising, mobile apps, advergames and events. For TV, there is clear evidence that the more children are exposed to unhealthy food advertising, the more this affects their food preferences, and the more likely they are to be obese. Therefore, I support Option 1 (not Option 2 or 3), because I believe it would do most to reduce children’s exposure to junk food advertising and therefore their calorie intake and be easier for advertisers, regulators, parents and consumers to understand. As all children have the same right to protection from unhealthy food advertising, I am concerned that attempts to exempt TV channels would leave many thousands of children exposed to these adverts. For online advertising, I also support Option 1 because evidence shows children using the internet for 3 or more hours per day are four times more likely to buy junk food and three times more likely to pester parents for unhealthy foods, according to Cancer Research UK. For all advertising, I support the use of the evidence-based Nutrient Profile Model which was developed and designed specifically for the introduction of advertising restrictions on children’s media, is well understood now by advertisers and the food industry, and is therefore the best model to use for any further restrictions. Finally … [add any of your own final comments or suggestions on measures to reduce children’s exposure to junk food marketing here]

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Obese individuals are more likely to feel depressed because of the way they may feel about their bodies. Feelings of sadness and anger may accompany an obese person as he struggles with the remarks that others throw his way. At the same time, depression may cause obesity by making one indulge in overeating. Overindulging in comfort food eventually becomes a hard-to-beat habit which can cause weight gain. Is there any way to break this vicious cycle? Let’s explore the link between depression and obesity in depth. Can Depression Lead to Obesity? Depression and anxiety may lead to weight gain not only because of the lifestyle of the people who suffer with mood-related disorders. But also, because the medications that are prescribed for the treatment of the mental ailments may bring weight gain as an adverse side effect. Research shows that 43% of people who are depressed are also obese. Depression is more likely to make one obese. Can obesity lead to depression? Obesity may make one feel emotionally unstable. It is often linked to the feelings of anxiety and depression. A study shows that obese individuals are 55% more likely to experience depression. Obesity may cause other health problems which can trigger depression too. These include hypertension, join pain, and diabetes. Moreover, some treatments for weight management may bring depression as a negative side effect. How to Combat the Situation? In case you are going through both depression and obesity be sure to communicate your feelings openly with your healthcare professional. Mention your feelings and seek out a reliable professional. In case you are having any suicidal thoughts, talk about it to family and professionals. You should also call the suicide prevention hotline. Over and above this there are three things you can do to protect your health in case you are struggling with both obesity and depression: 1- Exercise Regularly Exercise can help with both weight management and combating negative feelings. In this regard, don’t forget to stay active. 2 – Follow The Treatment Don’t ditch the treatment plan midway. Take your medication on time and in case, you feel any ups and downs in your emotional or physical symptoms, consult your professional. 3 – Talk About Your Feelings Talking about your feelings can help. A therapist can help. You may also become part of a support group online or in person. 4 – Eat Healthy Don’t forget to eat healthy. Don’t consider taking foods that can worsen your conditions. Eat healthy and follow the plan assigned by a professional. Take Home Message Depression can cause obesity and obesity can cause depression. Both the conditions can also co-exist. Those who are going through depression and obesity at once must mention these details to their healthcare providers. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, talking about how you feel, and sticking to the treatment plan can be of help.

Steve Beer Lost 7 Stone in 5 Months Steve Beer contacted us after seeing an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show where we featured in a six stone weight loss intervention. Shortly after this Channel % contacted us to enquire if we knew of any overweight people on Benefits. We asked Steve if he wished to be put forward for an opportunity to be in a documentary titled ͚Benefits Too Fat To Work, he said yes please, and Steve and Michelle were filmed at their wedding with a wedding breakfast of Kebabs and chips, where he collapsed suffering a Stroke. Public outcry was immense and Steve was hounded for his controversial lifestyle. He contacted us and asked for help to change his life as he was afraid he would die. Steve and Michelle came to us at fat-off-fit-on and he could not even walk, he arrived on a mobility scooter, at 5 foot tall he weighed 34stone. After a spell with us he had lost over 7 stone and although had a long way to go was now able to live a normal life. Steve says: As I said that fat-off -fit-on saved my life no doubt it, you will always be in my heart for that, you saved me from dying because I was, I have always mentioned you guys to people, even when on ITV͛s This Morning and other shows I have been on. At this moment I am doing ok, I am aam writing in response to the Government consultation to introduce further advertising restrictions for products high in fat, salt or sugar on TV and online. I am [explain who you are, and why you are concerned about junk food advertising and child obesity here] I support the introduction of a 9pm watershed for all advertising on TV and online, and would also like to see this extended to include cinema, radio, outdoor digital advertising, mobile apps, advergames and events. For TV, there is clear evidence that the more children are exposed to unhealthy food advertising, the more this affects their food preferences, and the more likely they are to be obese. Therefore, I support Option 1 (not Option 2 or 3), because I believe it would do most to reduce children’s exposure to junk food advertising and therefore their calorie intake and be easier for advertisers, regulators, parents and consumers to understand. As all children have the same right to protection from unhealthy food advertising, I am concerned that attempts to exempt TV channels would leave many thousands of children exposed to these adverts. For online advertising, I also support Option 1 because evidence shows children using the internet for 3 or more hours per day are four times more likely to buy junk food and three times more likely to pester parents for unhealthy foods, according to Cancer Research UK. For all advertising, I support the use of the evidence-based Nutrient Profile Model which was developed and designed specifically for the introduction of advertising restrictions on children’s media, is well understood now by advertisers and the food industry, and is therefore the best model to use for any further restrictions. Finally … [add any of your own final comments or suggestions on measures to reduce children’s exposure to junk food marketing here]lso going gym 3 times a week , I hope you have great success you do deserve it many thanks. 25.

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Dear Mr Beer, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has asked me to thank you for your recent correspondence requesting a meeting to talk about obesity. Regrettably, due to his already hectic diary commitments, the Secretary of State is unable to meet with you. Yours sincerely, https://in.dh.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/logo-for-news-story.png David Davies Correspondence Manager for the Secretary of State Department of Health and Social Care, 9th Floor, 39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU E:mb-sofs@dh.gsi.gov.uk DH recipients please note: this email will not be saved by Private Office. If you need it for audit purposes, please keep a copy for your records. This e-mail and any attachments is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Any views expressed in this message are not necessarily those of the Department of Health and Social Care. Please note: Incoming and outgoing email messages are routinely monitored for compliance with our policy on the use of electronic communications. This email was scanned by the Symantec virus scanning service and was certified virus free. Communications may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes.

Dear Mr Beer, Dear Mr Beer, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has asked me to thank you for your recent correspondence requesting a meeting to talk about obesity. Regrettably, due to his already hectic diary commitments, the Secretary of State is unable to meet with you. Yours sincerely, https://in.dh.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/logo-for-news-story.png David Davies Correspondence Manager for the Secretary of State Department of Health and Social Care, 9th Floor, 39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU E:mb-sofs@dh.gsi.gov.uk DH recipients please note: this email will not be saved by Private Office. If you need it for audit purposes, please keep a copy for your records. This e-mail and any attachments is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Any views expressed in this message are not necessarily those of the Department of Health and Social Care. Please note: Incoming and outgoing email messages are routinely monitored for compliance with our policy on the use of electronic communications. This email was scanned by the Symantec virus scanning service and was certified virus free. Communications may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes. has asked me to thank you for your recent correspondence requesting a meeting to talk about obesity. Regrettably, due to his already hectic diary commitments, the Secretary of State is unable to meet with you. Yours sincerely, https://in.dh.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/logo-for-news-story.png David Davies Correspondence Manager for the Secretary of State Department of Health and Social Care, 9th Floor, 39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU E:mb-sofs@dh.gsi.gov.uk DH recipients please note: this email will not be saved by Private Office. If you need it for audit purposes, please keep a copy for your records. This e-mail and any attachments is intended only for the attention of the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies and inform the sender by return e-mail. Any views expressed in this message are not necessarily those of the Department of Health and Social Care. Please note: Incoming and outgoing email messages are routinely monitored for compliance with our policy on the use of electronic communications. This email was scanned by the Symantec virus scanning service and was certified virus free. Communications may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes.

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want the government and it's local councils to stop building anymore fast food outlets in our towns and cities. Obesity is rapidly growing in numbers, we need to replace this unhealthy food with healthy eating and this starts by educating schools and reducing the number of takeaways in our towns STOP THE TAKEAWAYS NOW Why is this important? Child and adult Obesity kills I know this from personal experience as a big cause of my weight problems came from takeaways I will hand deliver petition to 10 Downing Street to help start our country's health Why is this important? Childhood obesity is one of the pressing issues of our generation. By the start of primary school, almost a quarter of children in England are overweight or obese.1 This rises to over a third by the time children leave Year 6. Obesity in children starting Reception has risen for the second year in a row. Naturally, this issue is a high priority for the government, and the recently published obesity strategy sets out the responsibility we all have to support young people in meeting the challenge. Obesity in children happens for complex reasons. Every child is influenced by many factors and we do not have a full understanding of how these factors interact when it comes to individual children. However, the messages reaching children need to consistently reinforce the importance of choices that lead to better health. Without this, the attractions of sugar, fat and inactivity will more often win the day over healthier choices. Schools have an important role to play in reinforcing these messages. They also have responsibility for a curriculum that gives children a solid body of knowledge about healthy living and the skill to pursue it. Children need to learn how our bodies work, why physical health is important and how to prepare food. They need to grow in competence in sport and physical pursuits so that being active is enjoyable for themas well as challenging. Reinforcing messages, imparting knowledge and developing skill are what schools do – and do well. In the shared effort to tackle obesity, schools should focus on improving those things they are best placed to do:  planning a challenging and well-sequenced curriculum, including learning about the body in PE and science about healthy eating and cooking  providing ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day – with lots of opportunities to ‘get out of breath’  teaching particular skills like how to cook or how to dance  updating parents on their children’s physical development such as agility, balance and coordination. The contribution of schools is extremely important. But it must be about doing what schools do best: education. We should not imagine that schools alone can have a direct and measurable impact on children’s weight. There are too many factors beyond the school gate that make this impossible for them to controL we want to bann takeaways or putting a cap on them we feel there to many .replace with healthy eating options school to teach chridren about obesity You have signed this petition. Not Bephen S.? Log out to sign the petition. Increase your impact by asking your friends and family to sign. Tell others why you signed

more takeawayNo s petition Sign the petition next week i will handing in a petition to the primeminster please can you support my petition please,? please like and share,and help me to get our chridren more heathier including ourselfs from rubbish foods, With the rapid increase in obesity in the UK causing major health issues and a strain on the already struggling NHS Stephen Beer has stepped up to create a healthier Britain. Stephen Beer you may remember once appeared on channel 5 documentary Too fat too work, since then Stephen has transformed his lifestyle with exercise and healthier eating. Stephens problems with his weight was partly due to eating too many takeaways, the number of takeaways in our towns and cities have Increased in recent years and this is a concern to Stephen. Stephen has put a petition together to stop more takeaways opening up for the wellbeing of particularly young children that it could affect in future years. Please help support this cause by signing peition HERE Image may contain: outdoor

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obesity in chridren One-in-ten children in Plymouth are officially classed as obese by the time they start school. New figures from Public Health England (PHE) show 10.9% of four to five-year-olds in 2016-17 were dangerously overweight. READ MORE Derriford Hospital says sorry after missing key targets The problem is even greater when city children leave primary school with 16.9% being rated as obese. And the issue is getting worse with figures rising from 10.4% and 15.7%, respectively, the previous year. Both figures are significantly higher than the average in the South West. The number of obese four to five-year-olds children in the South West has remained stable at 8.8% in 2016-17 compared to 8.5% in 2015-16. The picture is more positive for year 6 children with 16.3% in 2015-16 going down to 16.2% in 2016-17. The data is taken from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which determines the weight of children in Reception Year and Year 6 in schools across the country. READ MORE Urgent health warning issued after sky turned red and smell of burning reported But it has proved controversial with children’s weight status being shared with their parents. Justine Womack, from PHE, said: “These latest figures show that our children need every opportunity for a healthy life and our NHS is under increasing demand. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Percentage rate JS chart by amCharts Bath and North East Somerset: 8.8 Bournemouth: 8.5 Bristol: 9.9 Cornwall: 9.9 Devon: 8.4 Dorset: 8 Gloucestershire: 9.2 North Somerset: 8.8 Plymouth: 10.9 Poole: 6.7 Somerset: 8.7 South Gloucestershire: 7.1 Swindon: 9.7 Torbay: 8.3 Public Health England “Childhood obesity is the challenge of a generation and more joined-up local action is needed if we are serious about giving our children the future they deserve.” PHE said children who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from poor self-esteem, bullying and tooth decay in childhood. READ MORE Parents who lost daughter to stillbirth win award for raising awareness They are also more likely to be overweight or obese adults, which can lead to a range of preventable illnesses including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As well as causing avoidable suffering to millions, it said, obesity was putting health and care systems under increasing financial strain. Obesity in childhood can cause long term health problems (picture posed by model) Obesity in childhood can cause long term health problems (picture posed by model) Eustace De Sousa, national lead for children, young people and families at PHE, said: “A healthy weight in childhood lays the foundations for decades of healthy life as an adult. This data underlines how important it is for families to talk about health and weight as part of everyday life. “Each year, more children leave primary school overweight or obese and our

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No more takeaways petition Sign the petition With the rapid increase in obesity in the UK causing major health issues and a strain on the already struggling NHS Stephen Beer has stepped up to create a healthier Britain. Stephen Beer you may remember once appeared on channel 5 documentary Too fat too work, since then Stephen has transformed his lifestyle with exercise and healthier eating. Stephens problems with his weight was partly due to eating too many takeaways, the number of takeaways in our towns and cities have Increased in recent years and this is a concern to Stephen. Stephen has put a petition together to stop more takeaways opening up for the wellbeing of particularly young children that it could affect in future years. This petition will be hand delivered to 10 Downing street on 16th October 2019  by Stephen Beer Please help support this cause by signing peition HERE. some will say whats wrong with a take away ,but obesoty is growing in chridren and aduit obesity , all i am trying to do is to et schools collages and households to look at the issue, chridren obesity is dangrous and many die before they leave high school please belive this i am only tryin to help , thank you steve beer

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An obesity campaigner from Plymouth says councils across the UK should put tighter controls on takeaways opening in certain areas of towns and cities. Stephen Beer from St Budeaux has featured on many television programmes about the battles with his weight. Now at 35 stone, Stephen is on a strict diet to try and get his weight down and live a more healthy lifestyle. However, he claims the easy accessibility of takeaways has contributed to his obesity. Play Video£16bnObesity related illnesses are costing the NHS an average of £16 billion pounds a year. Stephen has campaigned against new branches of certain takeaways and fast-food outlets from opening in parts of Plymouth, once chaining himself to the site of a proposed new fried chicken restaurant. There are 23 fast-food businesses on Victoria Road near his home, almost double the number that existed five years ago. A recent investigation by ITV's Tonight Programme revealed that the number of fast food takeaways on our streets has risen by nearly 10% in the last three years. 📷Stephen is concerned about the number of takeaways near his home in St Budeaux. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

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For many years Stephen Beer was afraid to go out of his front door; frightened to leave his home for fear of what people would say about his weight. He regularly faced physical and verbal abuse when he walked down the street, which left him feeling suicidal. Stephen says, "I am regularly mocked and abused because of my weight. From name calling to being spat on ...it is horrible and most people don't realise how much it hurts. Unless you've been through it yourself, people don't understand the impact of discrimination." Stephen has experienced a number of health issues over the years. His most recent trip to the hospital after suffering a heart attack left him feeling demoralised with the health service. He was left waiting for treatment because he was told he wouldn't fit in any of the beds and the hospital had to order to a suitable bed for him. He says, "Much of my experience with doctors and hospitals has left me feeling like some staff are against me. There is a stigma that because of my weight I'm no good. There aren’t chairs available that I can sit on in the doctor’s waiting room or the right sized beds available in the hospital. There can be little understanding of the issues that people with obesity regularly face." Stephen is determined not to give up. He is now an obesity campaigner, running a Facebook group to support other people with obesity and travel the country . 1 share Like Show More Reactions Comment Share

 

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In Stephen Beer's case, mental health resulted in years of addiction. Firstly to alcohol in his early 20s, and then food, resulting in Steve, 46, ending up morbidly obese. Steve, from Plymouth, demonstrated other classic symptoms including self harm, suicidal tendencies, attachment & relationship issues. He has had 6 marriages and found it very difficult to maintain meaningful relationships. Steve featured on Channel 5s "Too Fat To Work " after being convinced it would be a positive programme highlighting the problems associated with the public image of obesity. In fact, all it did was vilify him and he was denounced in the media as 'Britain's fattest scrounger'. The effect of this sent him on a downward spiral, culminating in an attempt to kill himself by jumping off a bridge. Steve was sectioned for 72 hours and received the help and support necessary. Still, upon return to his home & wife, Michelle, Steve continued to self harm and sink deeper & deeper into depression. He was unable to leave his home through fear of attacks, scared to answer his phone, was in a financial crisis and was estranged from family and friends. Life seemed pretty gloomy. Then in May 2016 Steve and Michelle met a new friend and upon discussion Steve realised he had an eating disorder and addiction and it was ok to talk about his mental health issues. Following an appearance on ITVS This Morning in September 2016, Steve broke down when discussing his mental health. The relief of admitting it publicly was liberating. Very soon he received a diagnosis of Borderline personality disorder and made the conscious decision to highlight his condition. Steve now is an advocate of child obesity awareness and men's mental illness , steve recently also was given a membership of anational obesity forum for his campaign work,in 2014 steve lost a friend to obesity ,his friend was so big that he was bed bound steve was trying to get him out ,when steve finaly got him help he died,,,even though steve went through depression and sucide steve has not given up about loseing weight.., michelle said when his friend died all steve wanted to do was just hide away from people he keprt saying he failed ,steve usely helps people who dont leave their home and take them to sommerset to give them a break and to help to get them out in the world ,see many dont what he doses i hope the book will help orthers as he has helped a few people to deal with their weight

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st.budeaux press release With a population of around 13,500, St Budeaux has more than its fair share of fast food outlets. Last year, Steve Beer campaigned, unsuccessfully, to stop another KFC from opening in the town. Today, Steve has launched another campaign against the newest proposed fast food outlet in the small town. "We currently have 13 fast food outlets in St Budeaux", Steve, 46, said. "Plymouth has one of the largest obese populations per capita in the UK - the LAST thing we need is another fast food shop!" Steve, who appeared in Channel 5's 'Too Fat To Work' documentary, and currently weighs in at .........., continued "The government and NHS are trying to improve the UKs obesity crisis by promoting healthy living and exercise, but local government must support these efforts by encouraging healthy alternative outlets in their communities. We do not have a health food shop or independent greengrocer in St Budeaux, and it is easier to buy fast food than 'real food'. "Our last campaign to stop a new KFC failed, but we are determined to keep any more fast food outlets from opening locally". Steve uses himself as the 'poster boy' to deter young people from eating fast food - he explains how eating only fast food can not only cause obesity, but affect mental & physical health. He describes the physical damage done to his body through years of consumption of 'rubbish food'. He is currently following a weight loss & healthy eating programme, with his GP, to enable him to have a lifesaving gastric band fitted. Steve explained "I only have myself to blame for my weight. It got out of control and I found the temptations of fast food outlets too much to bear. I took control of my mental health and decided to do something positive. If I can stop thses fast foods are opening than lets ok

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e-mail 120 shares 407 View comments A man who claimed he was 'too fat to work' is launching a campaign to stop another takeaway being built near his home - by chaining himself to a fence near a planned KFC. Stephen Beer, 46, and his wife Michelle, 44, shot to fame last year after appearing in a TV documentary which featured their £3,000 taxpayer-funded wedding. They claimed they were too big to find a job and instead relied on state hand-outs and help from carers. Stephen Beer, 46, and his wife Michelle, 44 - pictured before they lost sixteen stone between them - shot to fame last year after appearing in a TV documentary which featured their £3,000 taxpayer-funded wedding +3 Stephen Beer, 46, and his wife Michelle, 44 - pictured before they lost sixteen stone between them - shot to fame last year after appearing in a TV documentary which featured their £3,000 taxpayer-funded wedding But the couple were furious developers announced this week they want to build the drive-thru KFC alongside a Costa Coffee at the site of the former Legacy International Hotel in Plymouth, Devon. The KFC would be Plymouth's third drive-thru restaurant, and the fast food chain's sixth outlet overall in the city. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next BREAKING NEWS: Lowcostholidays travel agency goes bust... Is this the world's most disgusting beach? Chinese... SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share And Stephen, who tipped the scales at 31 stone, said enough was enough and vowed to take drastic action. After finding fame the pair went on a diet and fitness regime which has seen Stephen lose 11-and-a-half stone and his wife shed five stone. But the couple were furious developers announced this week they want to build the drive-thru KFC alongside a Costa Coffee at the site of the former Legacy International Hotel in Plymouth, Devon +3 But the couple were furious developers announced this week they want to build the drive-thru KFC alongside a Costa Coffee at the site of the former Legacy International Hotel in Plymouth, Devon But the father-of-six from Plymouth was forced to give up work as a self-employed cleaner shortly after starting when he suffered another stroke. He has now been focusing his efforts on reducing child obesity - and says he was horrified when he learnt of another fast food restaurant being built near his home. Stephen said: 'I have been doing a lot with child obesity and when I heard they were building another KFC I just despaired. 'I plan to chain myself to the fence. I will start tomorrow and will be doing it for about a week. 'I know I was too fat for work but I am totally against KFC and fast food now. I am really pissed off they are building more of them. 'There are enough of them already in Plymouth - we certainly don't need any more.' Stephen said he plans to be there chain himself to the fence for around a week between 10am-5pm. Stephen once aspired to be a professional footballer but after leaving school he studied a qualification in care work and went on to work in various care homes +3 Stephen once aspired to be a professional footballer but after leaving school he studied a qualification in care work and went on to work in various care homes Video playing bottom right... Click here to expand to full page He added; 'I don't know if it will make any difference but I have got to do something.' The couple appeared on Channel 5's 'Benefits: To Fat to Work' in January last year and sparked outrage when it emerged their wedding was funded by their benefits. Stephen once aspired to be a professional footballer but after leaving school he studied a qualification in care work and went on to work in various care homes. Despite the short stint earlier this year, Stephen last worked in 2011 when he was a self-employed cleaner for about three or four years. But he was forced to stop when he suffered two strokes and was left needing round-the-clock care. He added: 'I want to get back to being self-employed permanently again. 'People said I was a scrounger, I don't want to see these remarks, I want to do something. 'When I was taken ill I couldn't do anything, but now it's like I'm independent all over again. The documentary was a cry for help.' Share or comment on this article: Stephan Beer 'too fat to work' chains himself to a KFC in protest against new takeaway

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Plymouth obesity campaigner demands tighter controls on takeaways Stephen Beer from St Budeaux says he wants others to learn from his experience. Stephen Beer from St Budeaux says he wants others to learn from his experience. Credit: ITV News Westcountry An obesity campaigner from Plymouth says councils across the UK should put tighter controls on takeaways opening in certain areas of towns and cities. Stephen Beer from St Budeaux has featured on many television programmes about the battles with his weight. Now at 35 stone, Stephen is on a strict diet to try and get his weight down and live a more healthy lifestyle. However, he claims the easy accessibility of takeaways has contributed to his obesity. Play Video £16bn Obesity related illnesses are costing the NHS an average of £16 billion pounds a year. Stephen has campaigned against new branches of certain takeaways and fast-food outlets from opening in parts of Plymouth, once chaining himself to the site of a proposed new fried chicken restaurant. There are 23 fast-food businesses on Victoria Road near his home, almost double the number that existed five years ago. A recent investigation by ITV's Tonight Programme revealed that the number of fast food takeaways on our streets has risen by nearly 10% in the last three years. Stephen is concerned about the number of takeaways near his home in St Budeaux. Stephen is concerned about the number of takeaways near his home in St Budeaux. Credit: ITV News Westcountry Residents in St Budeaux had mixed views on whether takeaways were having a negative influence on health ... Play Video Academics are also calling for more to be done by several parties involved in the public health debate. Clare Pettinger is a Lecturer in Public Heath at the University of Plymouth. She says that the producers of fast food, politicians and individuals all need to take more responsibility for combatting obesity. Play Video In a statement, Plymouth City Council said: “Plymouth’s Health and Wellbeing Board has identified encouraging a healthy diet and tackling obesity as priorities. “We know that there is a lot we can do as a city to encourage us to watch what we eat and look after our health and we’re taking a co-ordinated approach to doing this with our partners through Thrive Plymouth. “We are supporting the national Sugar Smart campaign to reduce sugar in food and drinks and help Plymouth’s residents make healthier food choices. “We also commission Livewell’s ‘One You Plymouth’ services, which include support and advice around healthy eating and nutrition. “The emerging Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has integrated polices that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of all communities across the city. “One of the policies in the plan (Policy DEV6 – Hot food takeaways in Plymouth) says the local planning authority will resist new hot food takeaways within a 400-metre radius of secondary schools and will protect the food environment. “Another (DEV16 – Providing retail and town centre uses in appropriate locations) regulates the type and mix of commercial uses within the retail hierarchy. This means the number and type of uses within a city, district or local centre will be carefully managed to ensure they are of an appropriate scale. “The Plymouth Development Guidelines Supplementary Planning Document (2013) sets out the type of considerations that will be used to assess this, including noise and disturbance, cooking odour, visual amenity, refuse, litter, cumulative impact, access and parking. “The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination and is being referred to in determining planning applications. How much weight to attach to the plan would be a decision for the case officer for that particular application (and, if appropriate, the Planning Committee), taking into account the National Planning Policy Framework.” – PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL SPOKESPERSON.

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