The number of obese people in England has almost doubled to 13 million in just 20 years. According to statistics, in 2018 there were just under 56 million people living in England, so that is just under 25% of the population - that includes all ages. That is a frightening number!!!
Experts say the rise ha fueled a Diabetes epidemic which threatens to bankrupt the National Health Service with an annual bill of £14 billion.
Some 6.9 million adults are reported to have had a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over in 1997, which rose to 13 million in 2017, the latest year of figures available. Obesity is the biggest risk factor for type 2 Diabetes, which affects 3.7 million in Britain. The estimated annual cost to the NHS for drugs and treatment for complications, such as blindness and amputations, is £14 billion, around 10 per cent of the entire health service budget.
The charity Diabetes UK says that more than half the number of type 2 cases could be prevented if the obesity problem was tackled. It wants food and drink firms to make their products healthier and has called for restrictions of junk food adverts. Their Chief Executive said: "We are facing an urgent health problem. Tackling this requires ambitious and sustained action."
Diabetes UK analysed figures from the annual Health Survey for England. Almost one in three adults is obese. Even more terrifying is that one in five children aged 10 and 11 is also classified as obese.
These figures are a stark reminder that obesity is a dangerous public health threat - and we all need to take responsibility over our diet and nutrition habits, as well as combat an ever-growing sedentary lifestyle. We believe it also centres around education and showing people what they need to stay healthy and fit. Parents need to be stronger. There is room in this world for fast food, cakes, etc. There is no need to remove them. We just need to look at our cooking habits and make changes. It isn't rocket science!!!