‘We’ll all become lab rats!’ Ex-Fat Families host demands ‘responsibility’ instead of weight loss jabs: ‘Too many excuses!’

‘We’ll all become lab rats!’ Ex-Fat Families host demands ‘responsibility’ instead of weight loss jabs: ‘Too many excuses!’

Steve Miller tells overweight people to take some responsibility

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 02/04/2024

- 18:10

New NHS stats have revealed the extent of Britain's obesity crisis

Former Fat Families host Steve Miller says the answer to Britain’s obesity crisis does not come in the form of weight loss jabs.

Instead, he said overweight Britons should be taking more responsibility despite new figures suggesting 20 per cent of adults are now addicted to ultra-processed fat foods.

Asked about proposed weight loss jabs from Ozempic, Miller said he is concerned about people becoming ‘lardy lab rats’.

“That’s what we’ll become if we’re not careful”, he asserted.

An overweight man holding a pill and Steve Miller

Steve Miller says there are no short cuts to weight loss


“You’re right to raise this because it does give people an excuse, doesn’t it?

“You know, ‘I’m an addict’. No you’re not, you’ve just fallen into bad habits.


“Pull yourself together. We need a bit more of that message in the UK, as well as an arm around the shoulder as well.

“Excuses are very calorific, so what I want to say to people as well is, ‘are you actually making too many excuses? Isn’t it time that your move forward and did a little bit of something for yourself?’

“We need to recognise that this is a mindset and motivation challenge for people.

“People know what to eat to be slim, all of this nutrition talk about how many carbs, how much protein and all that, that’s all codswallop. It’s all in the head.”

He added that health bodies and the Government should be more ‘blunt’ to encourage Britons to adopt a healthier lifestyle, citing Japan as a case study.

It comes after new data showed the extent of Britain’s obesity crisis, with costs of around £15billion for the NHS to contend with.

It has prompted debate as to whether the NHS should receive more support from those directly responsible.

The matter was hotly contested on GB News, with Tom Harwood questioning: "The cost of obesity is no doubt high, but who should bear it?"

Vaccine being injected

Ozempic is a weekly injection

Martin Daubney and Steve Miller

Steve Miller joined Martin Daubney on GB News


Co-host Emily Carver asked in return: "Is it their fault that they are overweight? Should they put a little more money into the NHS coffers if they're costing it so much?"

Tom suggested that if the obesity crisis is "costing the NHS so much", they should "offer the Ozempic fat jab to far more people than are currently able to access it.

"Lots of people can get it privately - surely this would save lots and lots of money."

Tom then highlighted the "fundamental problem" for the NHS and questioned how the health service is "approaching the issue" of obesity in the UK.

Tom fumed: "If you have a National Health Service that's supposed to cover everything, it shouldn't police how we live our lives.

"Very few other countries have these sorts of debates asking if people be charged in a certain way for a lifestyle choice because ultimately the way in which the care of that is funded?"

Emily agreed, adding: "If you're going to charge people more for being overweight and costing the NHS more through treatment related to the overweightness, what about people who indulge in risky activities, risky sports, horse riding, skiing, backflips, gymnastics, whatever can cause you an injury?"

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