Obesity is when a person is carrying too much body fat for their height and sex. Today’s way of life is less physically active than it used to be. This means that the calories they eat are not getting burnt off as energy. Instead, the extra calories are stored as fat.Over time, eating excess calories leads to weight gain. Without lifestyle changes to increase the amount of physical activity done on a daily basis, or reduce the amount of calories consumed, people can become obese.
In 2008, the latest year with available figures, nearly a quarter of adults (over 16 years of age) in England were obese (had a BMI over 30). Just under a third of women, 32%, were overweight (a BMI of 25-30), and 42% of men were overweight.Obesity can cause a number of health problems, such as type 2 diabetes (a condition caused by too much glucose in the blood), and heart disease (when the heart’s blood supply is blocked).
Being overweight or obese can also shorten life expectancy (how long a person should live). In obese adults over 40 years of age, obesity can shorten life expectancy by 6-7 years.
How can I help myself?
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Am I overweight?
A person is considered obese if they have a BMI over 30. BMI is calculated by using your weight and height
How can we help you?
- assessment of your weight
- advise you on health implications
- assistance with weight loss