Facts & Figures About The Growth of Obesity

| 17/11/2012 | 0 Comments More

So lets look at what Obesity is first…  Obesity is most commonly defined in terms of BMI (Body Mass Index).  The BMI is calculated as follows:

Weight in KGs divided by height in metres sq. 

A desirable BMI is considered to be 20-25. Anything above is considered over weight and above 30 is considered Obese.

  • In England we have seen an increase in obesity that has trebled in the last 20yrs!  Report by the British Heart Foundation.
  • 1 in 4 adults are overweight
  • 1 in 5 adults are obese (that is around 8million people)
  • 2/3 of men are either overweight of obese
  • over half of the female population are overweight or obese
  • Health problems linked to overweight and obesity are…  Heart disease, some forms of diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and a number of cancers.
  • Deaths linked to obesity shorten life by 9yrs.
  • In 1998 there was 30,000 deaths attributed to obesity.
  • In the same year this also was attributed to 18million sick days
  • In 2010 the effect on the ecconomy was more than £3.6billion


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Category: Health News, Nutrition, Nutrition (weightloss)

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