A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary TaleA Cautionary Tale illustrates the health and economic burden of the obesity epidemic in the UK. The work is based on the medical records of two middle aged men, called simply Mr D the Driver and Mr C the Cyclist. The work incorporates all the medicine prescribed to each of these men in 2006.

“There is considerable stigma attached to being fat in this society. We do not wish to increase that stigma by blaming individuals because everyone has their own personal and perhaps unavoidable reason for becoming overweight. So we have set out to make a piece of work that reflects the fact that you can be obese and attractive, you can be obese and happy but it is difficult to be obese for many years and remain healthy.”

Dr Liz Lee

Photo: Martin Parr

2007