This week is national obesity awareness week. Obesity levels are now chronic in the UK with more and more children and adults and even pets being classified as obese every year. It’s thought that by 2050 that more than 50% of the population will be obese. It is fitting to have this week this close to Christmas as so many of us overindulge and struggle to fit back into our clothes So start the year on the right note and get your weight under control.
Being obese costs you your health as well as your pocket. There are many conditions closely related to obesity such as heart disease and diabetes. All of these can cost the taxpayer at least £6 billion pounds a year.
The easiest way to check to see if you are obese or borderline is by checking your Body Mass Index (BMI). This measures your weight against your height. A score of over 25 indicates that you are overweight and if it is over 30 you are obese. BMI is not used to diagnose obesity as muscular people have a high BMI, but this is muscle, not fat.
Obesity levels are increasing as we are not as active as we used to be. This could be due to more of us working from home and eating calorific food as they are typically cheaper than healthy food. It can also be associated with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid.
The best way to treat obesity is by eating a well-balanced healthy diet and increasing physical activity.
Being obese can increase your likelihood of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes as well as high cholesterol and cancers.
So, this week, assess your health and see what you can do to prolong it! Perhaps cut back on giving your pet treats as well, as over 70% of the UK’s pets are obese!
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