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Overweight and Obesity
Written by: Editors
Facts about Obesity in the UK
“Obese” is the description given to a very overweight person, with a lot of body fat. The UK has the sixth highest obesity rate amongst OECD countries and the highest in Western Europe. This figure makes Britain now has the highest rate of Obesity compared to all other European countries.
Being overweight is measured by body mass index or BMI (body mass divided by the square of the body height). For adults, a BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight and a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese (severely overweight). A person is considered morbidly obese if the BMI is above 40. Morbid obesity is a life-threatening condition.
What can be done to help resolve the UK’s obesity crisis?
According to the NHS, the following are the main risks that are life-threatening conditions that cause physical changes in the body. As well as physical changes a person can experience Psychological issues with having low self-esteem that can lead to depression.
The following are some health conditions you have a higher risk of developing Obesity:
-Sleep disorders such as Sleep Apnea
-Some types of Cancer, such as Bowel and Breast cancer
According to the British Obesity Society (OBS), one in four British adults were obese in 2014. Childhood obesity is also a problem due to the fact that OBS data reveals that a tenth of children aged between four and five are obese, with around twice that number being classed as overweight.
With childhood obesity growing, it stands to reason that British become obese among adults looks set to rise. Already, the UK ranks in the top five for causes among the leading industrialised nations.