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The Hidden Facts Relating to Obesity

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 The Hidden Facts Relating to Obesity

According to Dr Francisco Lopez-Jimenez attending the National Obesity Forum conference in London believes that the UK’s obesity problem is significantly worse than we thought.

He argues Britain’s official obesity figures are wrong, suggesting three quarters of British adults are overweight or obese as the traditional body mass index measurement was inaccurate.

The study claims 10 per cent more people are overweight or obese than previously believed, putting them at risk of suffering serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

It says that although they may have a normal Body Mass Index, the calculation usually used to determine obesity, this does not distinguish between lean mass and body fat and so they may still weigh too much. This is borne out in M. Beckford’s article (Daily Telegraph 07 10 08).

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