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Obesity in the UK

According to research done by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, one in four British adults is obese. This gives the UK the highest rates of obesity in Western Europe, according to this 2013 study. 

It has been estimated that more than half the population could be obese by 2050.

These growing rates of obesity have an impact on our health and contributes towards increased rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, amongst other illnesses. 

In comparison with a man of a healthy weight, an obese man is five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and over two and a half times more likely to develop high blood pressure (which is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease).

An obese woman is approximately 13 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and three times more likely to have a heart attack than a woman of a healthy weight. 

How do I know if I am overweight?

A person is considered overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29. A person is considered obese with a BMI of 30 or more. You can use this NHS Healthy Weight Calculator to work out your own BMI.

How to lose weight

Some people prefer to join a weight-loss support group, whilst others follow a diet and exercise plan by themselves. 

The NHS Choices website features lots of tips to help you maintain a healthy diet. In addition, the Couch to 5k running plan has increased in popularity. 

In certain cases, a Stronger Prescription Treatment can be used, alongside lifestyle changes, to aid weight loss. This is available through totalpharmacy.co.uk online doctor service. 

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