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Obesity can be defined as “the excessive storage of body fat, frequently resulting in a significant impairment of health” (Wallace, 1997). It used to be considered a condition that leads to associated diseases but the World Health Organisation (WHO) now recognises it as a disease in it’s own right, and one which is largely preventable through changes in lifestyle and nutrition. The current facts are quite scary, but in a way good for us weight loss orientated personal trainers. The following is taken from the NHS statistics report on nutrition and obesity from Jan 2008.
So from this we can see that we are most certainly getting fatter. The repercussions of this are many, and we will go into this in future blogs coming up shortly. We will also be having a look at what these figures mean for the future should the current trends continue. Although regionally the Thames valley and London are some of the less badly off in terms of obesity, at Diets Don’t Work we still get the majority of our enquiries for personal trainers for weight loss. Have a look about on the street as you walk through town. Are there many thin people? Tomorrow we’ll be looking at the future figures for obesity as the trend for us to become fatter continues…and of course some tips for how to reverse this trend!