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Obesity: A Serious Health Issue

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 Obesity: A Serious Health Issue

It has been determined that Obesity is becoming the biggest global health problem 9,000 deaths in Britain alone. Adult obesity rates have almost quadrupled (become four times as great) over the last 25 years, and two thirds of UK adults are now considered overweight or obese. Of these, 22% of men and 23% of women are obese. This means that they are at least two to three stone overweight and putting their health at serious risk.

According to figures from the National Audit Office, being obese can take up to nine years off your lifespan. It also makes you far more likely to develop a range of health-related problems, including:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • osteoarthritis
  • high blood pressure
  • gallstones
  • infertility
  • depression

Combined with a lack of exercise, obesity contributes to one third of cancers of the colon, breast, kidney and stomach.

As a nation, we need direct action to minimise the true consequences of this serious condition.

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