Today is the start of National Obesity Awareness Week, asking the UK to help improve the nation’s health.
According to a recent study conducted by University College London, 48% of Britons will be obese by 2045 if current trends are not halted.
And the NHS reveals 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 and cancers. Poor diet is also linked to a third of all mouth cancer cases.
Obesity can also affect a person’s quality of life and their relationships with family and friends. This can lead to psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Day to day problems for the overweight include breathlessness, increased sweating, difficulty doing physical activity and joint or back pain.
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.