The UK is the most obese country in western Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Its annual Health at a Glance report, published on 10/11/201, shows that 26.9% of the UK population had a body mass index of 30 and above, the official definition of obesity, in 2015. Only five of the OECD’s 35 member states had higher levels of obesity, with four outside Europe and one in eastern Europe.
The OECD’s report, which says obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s, illustrates the scale of the public health challenge, with fears it could bankrupt the NHS.
Tam Fry, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: “One could weep over the figures, the result of successive governments who have, for the last 30 years, done next to nothing to tackle obesity.
“Even today, we have only a pathetic attempt by Theresa May’s administration to get serious about reducing the numbers and avoiding an official estimate that more than 50% of the UK will be obese by 2050. Ten years ago, a government department report stated that the nation was sleepwalking into obesity – but no minister, either then or since, has woken up to the fact.”
It is heavily published that an unhealthy lifestyle causing a person to be overweight (not obese) can lead the to some of the top causes of death:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Respiratory (breathing) problems
Cancer (including womb, kidney, breast, colon and pancreas)
Arthritis and joint pain
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Sources : NHS, OECD, Guardian