Obese and smokers less of a burden on the NHS than the healthy who live longer - report

The Telegraph writes about a new IEA research

Research by the Institute of Economic Affairs argues that a tax on fatty food could actually increase the burden on the health system and unfairly penalise the poor.

It believes there are flaws in the current government anti-obesity policies which make them not only unfair but potentially costly.

It claims that the obese cost the economy more when they are alive but because they die earlier they avoid expensive round the clock care later in life.  

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