Obesity to affect half of Britons by 2045

Obesity currently affects one in three Brits - but new research suggests that this will rise to 48% by 2045.

Marsden reported last year that global obesity is costing the world economy £1.6tn. It costs the health service annually around £10 billion - and this could raise unless something is done.



Obesity has links to diabetes, migraines, heart rhythm disorders and cancers - but what has the new research found and how can weighing help?

 

Research findings

A joint study by University College London and pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has found that if trends continue, 48% of adults will be classed as obese by 2045.

This figure is more than double the global forecast of 22%.

There is a close link between weight and diabetes. Data presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna suggests that this will rise to 13% by 2045.

 

What will happen if nothing is done?

Dr Alan Moses of Novo Nordisk Research and Development and lead researcher said the figures showed a ‘staggering challenge’ to Britain and the NHS would become ‘unsustainable’ if current trends continue.

He said, “It takes ten to 15 years for someone’s obesity to translate to diabetes. So even if we all stopped getting fatter today, we’d still see more cases of diabetes.”

“The bottom line is we are undergoing a rising trend for both obesity and diabetes and is unsustainable for patients and health care systems. The NHS will be overwhelmed unless action is taken.”

 

What can be done and how can weighing help?

The Government recommends that patients are ‘weighed by default’ when they see a GP. Finding out whether you are a healthy or unhealthy weight is the first step to combating obesity. Your GP can advise you further on how to maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum has also said that pharmacies can do more to communicate the risks of obesity.

Many helpful obesity resources are available to download free from the Marsden website. These include our obesity awareness poster, recommended daily calories poster, a guide to why it is important to know more about your body composition than just weight and BMI; and our body composition poster.

 

Weighing scales for home use

Marsden scales that are great for home use include the Marsden M-550. This is a Class III Approved medical scale which means that it provides weight readings accurate enough for medical use - so use at home and you’ll know your readings are correct. This scale is accurate to 200g and weighs upto 160kg (an alternative, the Marsden M-550BT, has a capacity of 200kg.

 

Weighing scales for GP surgeries

Popular weighing scales for GP surgeries include the Marsden M-420 and Marsden M-430,  accurate to 50g and 200g respectively. Both scales are Class III Approved and feature Hold, Tare and BMI functions.

Alternatively, there are column scales such as the Marsden M-125 which has 100g accuracy and a 250kg capacity.

 

Weighing scales for weight management clinics

The Marsden weighing scale range includes medical scales with higher capacities, including the Marsden M-530. This Class III Approved medical scale is available with either a 300kg or a 500kg capacity and can weigh as precise as to the nearest 50g.

Or, for patients less steady on their feet - or cannot walk at all - the Marsden M-653 is a weighing platform that will accommodate almost any wheelchair, and has a foldable handrail for standing patients. Fold the handrail down and the scale can be moved or stored away when not is use.

Alternatively, a body composition scale like the Marsden MBF-6000 is perfect for finding out more about your entire body health - including basal metabolic rate, total body water, fat free mass, fat mass and body fat %. The connected printer allows you to keep a copy of your body composition information.

Or, for patients less steady on their feet - or cannot walk at all - the Marsden M-653 is a weighing platform that will accommodate almost any wheelchair, and has a foldable handrail for standing patients. Fold the handrail down and the scale can be moved or stored away when not is use.

 

Weighing scales for hospitals

The needs of hospitals vary, but most tend to opt for the Marsden M-100 with its wide base and 300kg capacity. The Marsden M-800 is also a popular option for weighing larger patients, and has two integrated handrails. In terms of floor scales that can be moved from room to room or ward to ward, the Marsden M-420 is a highly suitable hospital scale with its 50g accuracy.

All of these scales are covered by the Marsden 4 Year warranty. For more information about any of our scales call 01709 364296 or contact us here.

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