Obesity crisis: UK set to be most obese country in Europe

Obesity crisis: UK set to be most obese country in EuropeA think tank has claimed that the UK is on course to be the most obese country in Europe.

With one in three adults expected to obese by 2030, only the USA and Mexico will have bigger waistbands in 13 years time. Since 1993, the number of 16-24 years olds who are overweight or obese has risen from 27% to 39%.

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Is this a surprise?

Tam Fry, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said of the forecast: “This comes as no surprise whatsoever.

“When you consider the government headed by David Cameron did little of note to reduce the obesity epidemic, and Theresa May’s plan to beat childhood obesity may do even less, the report makes a nonsense of Whitehall’s long-held ambition for the UK to be the first major nation to reverse the rising tide of obesity by 2020. If England is only 35% obese by 2030, we’ll be very lucky.”

What is the problem with obesity?

Obesity is costing the global economy £1.6tn.

Professor Lord Ian McColl, a former surgeon, has said: “Overweight and obese young people may well end up living shorter lives than their parents, most of whom were slim in their youth. Already, some obese children under ten have diabetes. This crisis is bankrupting; it’s killing millions and costing billions.”

Links have also been drawn between obesity and cancers, diabetes and hard-to-treat heart failures.

What you can do

  1. Open up to your patients: The National Obesity Forum has said: “People aren’t well informed about obesity, the risk and the complications. Community pharmacies see their customers frequently so are well placed to offer the best advice.”
  2. Download the ‘Am I overweight?’ poster: For patients and individuals who are unsure whether they are overweight and what the consequences of obesity are, this is the perfect poster to find out. Plus, it can make a great addition to the wall of your GP surgery or pharmacy.
  3. Download our calorie intake poster: To help patients consume the right amount of calories per day and stay on top of their diet - this free poster can help.

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