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Obesity in the UK Rises Massively Says NHS Report

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The latest information from the NHS Information Centre shows that obesity levels in the UK have risen massively over the past decade. The statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet in England shows that in virtually every indicator the nation’s waistlines have continued to grow.
One measure of this obesity is something the report calls “raised waist circumference” which translates to a waist measurement over 88cm for women and 102cm for men. In 2009, the last full year for which statistics are available, the proportion of adults with a raised waist circumference was a staggering 38%. This compares to just 23% in 1993. A similar rise over the next 15 years will mean that over half the adult population will have a waist measurement which makes them officially classed as obese.
The report statistics also show that the number of admissions to hospital where the primary cause is obesity has risen hugely over the last ten years with over 10,000 admissions in 2010 compared to 979 at the turn of the millennium. This rise has also put greater demand on NHS resources since the number of prescriptions for the treatment of obesity was 1.45 million in 2009. The number was 127,000 in 1999. The cost of this also rose to £46.8m in 2009.
Perhaps more surprising is that the country may have finally woken up to this fat epidemic and is taken positive action. The government’s recommendations for physical activity include a minimum of five episodes of moderate to vigorous activity per week and in the past ten years the proportion of both men and women meeting the recommendations has increased substantially to 39% and 29% respectively.
The flab fight continues.

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