Obesity is not just due to food consumption or lack of physical activity (there are 106 other factors). Click here for further information.
Worrying Statistics in the UK:
One-third of the population are overweight.
A further one third are classified as obese.
1 in 8 people are classed as morbidly obese (BMI >40).
It is estimated that 90% of the UK population will be obese by 2050.
Health risks with obesity
Excess body weight has several health risks:
Cancer Research UK has linked 13 types of cancer to being overweight and it is one of the biggest preventable causes of cancer.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is increased 13 times in women.
Colon cancer is 3 times more common in men.
Hypertension is twice as common in men, and four times more likely in women.
Life expectancy with obesity
Those people with a BMI>40 have a less than 50% chance of reaching 70.