World Obesity Day reveals shocking truths about our health

GPs, pharmacists and other health staff look away now – this year’s World Obesity Day has revealed some shocking revelations about our health.

The stories cause particular concern for children, with more babies being born at risk of health problems and an increasing number of children starting primary school obese.

Obesity is currently costing the NHS more than £5bn per year, and this could increase for future generations if action isn’t taken to reduce the crisis.

According to the Guardian's article ‘More babies face health risks due to obese parents’, children are at increased risk of brain damage, strokes and heart disease because of their parents.

In what has been described as a ‘vicious cycle’ by health experts, doctors have said that dangerously overweight mothers were passing obesity onto their children.

British women have the highest rates of obesity in Europe, with 20% of women in the UK who became pregnant already obese.

For primary school students, the news isn’t much better with 10% of children starting primary school overweight or obese, according to BBC News.

Cancer Research has warned obesity could become a “crippling burden on society and the NHS”.

Obesity can contribute to a range of illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, some cancers and mental illness.

Recently, the Government’s Childhood Obesity report was released detailing the Government’s vision on how obesity should be reduced.

The report encouraged more regular weighing of patients, to be able to diagnose obesity-related issues sooner.

Many people are currently unaware of whether they are overweight or obese. Our ‘Am I Overweight?’ poster can be downloaded from our website and placed on your surgery wall to help any unsure patients.

If you’re a GP, we would love to know your thoughts on obesity and how it has affected your surgery. Please complete our short survey below.

Our new M-550 floor scale has been designed specifically for use by GPs. It has five times the accuracy of mechanical scales and a wide base for larger patients.

Complete our obesity survey here

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