With more and more people gaining weight and becoming obese in the UK, the time has come to recognise that we are in crisis. The following five truths highlight some of the key difficulties we face in the fight against obesity:
1. Almost two-thirds of the population in the UK is overweight or obese
Being overweight has become the norm in Britain, but studies show that we are unaware of the changes because it happened gradually and we are simply used to seeing overweight people. A quarter of us can be described as obese, defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) reading of 30 or above.
2. Obesity is cutting our lives short
Being obese isn’t just bad for your health – it could actually take years off of your life. Those who are moderately obese (with a BMI of 30-35) can lose 2-4 years, while those who are severely obese (BMI of 40-45) could lose 10 years. These worrying statistics are predicted to affect today’s...