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Brits gained 1.5bn pounds in weight over last 20 years

Wednesday 21st December 2016
New statistics reveal just how much the UKs obesity crisis has increased over the past 20 years. Image: skynesher via iStock
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A new report has revealed the extent to which obesity is impacting on people's health in the UK, showing that the crisis is getting worse.

Data from the NHS Health Survey for England demonstrates that there is still a lot more to be done by doctors, dieticians and the government in order to educate people about the potential health dangers of being obese or overweight.

Analysis of the figures carried out by Cancer Research UK led to the discovery that more than one-quarter (27 per cent) of over-18s in the country are now classed as obese, with men more likely to be dangerously overweight than their female counterparts. Overall, 41 per cent of males in Britain are obese compared to 31 per cent of women.

Collectively, Brits have put on around 1.5 billion pounds in weight over the last 20 years, with new estimates from the British Heart Foundation predicting that people in the UK will gain an extra 19.5 million stone in weight over this coming Christmas alone.

Meanwhile, the NHS Health Survey for England also showed that obesity has now been linked with a total of 13 different types of cancer, which shows just how important it is for the public to receive advice and support from the government and healthcare specialists such as dieticians so they can make informed choices regarding their lifestyles.

This support is clearly needed now more than ever, as the newly-published statistics also showed that the average weight for men in the UK has risen by 12lbs over the past two decades alone. During the same period, women's average weight has increased by 10lbs, further highlighting that the obesity crisis is spiralling.

Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK, commented: "The sugar tax is a great start and could prevent millions of cases of obesity. But the government also needs to protect the next generation from junk food adverts on TV before the 9pm watershed.

"Making small changes in eating, drinking and being physically active that you can stick to in the long term is a good way to reach a healthy weight and stay there."

Written by Martin Lambert

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