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OBESITY:The New Statistics

Ophelia Hogan - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New statistics on obesity and physical activity and diet have been released by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)   The report - Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity & Diet - states that in 2014 58% of women & 65% of men were overweight or obese.

Obesity prevalence has increased form 15% in 1993 to 26% in 2014.     More than 1 in 5 reception-aged children and 1 in 3 year 6 children were obese.

Only 28% of women & 25% of men eat the recommended 5 potions of fruit & vegetables per day.

We live in an obesogenic  environment where we are surrounded by ridiculously calorie dense, nutrient poor 'products' to eat and drink - from where we fuel our cars, watch films, visit sick friends & family, travel to work, buy clothes - food is everywhere and individual portion sizes are large enough to feed a family of 4. So YES - we do have to be aware and take responsibility for our own health. The food manufacturers are in business to make money and their game plan is to keep us buying more, so they have ensured that the ingredients trigger us to compulsive eat them.  We need to stop killing ourselves with food.   
                                                                   

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the Local Government Association's Community & Well-being spokeswoman said:

'These are extremely worrying figures that illustrate the scale of the problem that we face in the fight against obesity. But the problem will only get worse unless we take urgent action, with the number of obese adults forecast to soar by a staggering 73% to 26 million people over the next 20years.'

'Obesity leads to serious health conditions later on in life such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and is costing the NHS around £5 billion a year'




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