Today is the start of National Obesity Awareness Week, encouraging everyone to take action to help improve the nation’s health. 

According to the NHS obesity affects approximately one in four adults, and one in five children aged 10 to 11. It can lead to many serious health conditions that are potentially life-threatening, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, depression, low self-esteem and cancers.  Poor diet is also linked to a third of all cancer cases.

Depending on how severe a person’s obesity is, it can reduce life expectancy by an average of 3 to 10 years and an estimated 1 in every 13 deaths in Europe are attributed to obesity.

So, whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, or being a little more physically active, if you are overweight it is time to take action.