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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.

  1. In 2006, 24% of adults (aged 16 or over) in England were classified as obese. This represents an overall increase from 15% in 1993.
  2. Men and women were equally likely to be obese, however women were more likely than men to be morbidly obese (3% compared to 1%).
  3. Thirty seven per cent of adults had a raised waist circumference in 2006 compared to 23%. Using both BMI and waist circumference to assess risk of health problems, for men, 20% were estimated to be at increased risk, 13% at high risk and 21% at very high risk. Equivalent figures for women were 14% at increased risk, 16% at high risk and 23% at very high risk.
  4. In 2006, 16% of children aged 2 to 15 were classed as obese. This represents an overall increase from 11% in 1995. Despite the overall increase since 1995, the proportion of girls aged 2 to 15 who were obese decreased between 2005 and 2006, from 18% to 15%. There was no significant decrease among boys aged 2 to 15 over that period.
  5. Among children aged 2 to 10, 15% were classed as obese in 2006. Boys were more likely than girls to be obese (17% compared to 15%). Of children aged 8 to 15 who were classed as obese, two thirds (66%) of girls and 60% of boys thought that they were too heavy.

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!

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