Obesity is a growing problem in the UK

In the past 10 years, the recorded episodes of obesity for people in hospitals have increased by an alarming 900%.

In 2002/2003 the recorded episodes of obesity in hospitals, both obesity as a primary diagnosis and as a secondary diagnosis, was just shy of 30,000 people. Recent numbers show that the number is now 10 times higher and has in other words increased a ahocking 900% in the past 10 years. It is common knowledge that obesity is a result of an unhealthy lifestyle and bad nutrition, and these new numbers reveal a problem that might just be larger than it first appears. The figures are based solely on recordings from hospitals and therefore do not paint a general picture of the population of the UK. However, the development that these numbers reveal is so extreme that it is safe to make the assumption that obesity as a result of bad nutrition is a growing problem in the whole of the UK that should be addressed.

Obesity is a much bigger problem amongst women than amongst men. In fact, in 2012/2013 there were 94% more obese women than obese men. Although it is not a new development that there are more obese women than men, it is the first time the difference is this big. In 2002/2003 there were 42% more obese women than men, which is still a large number, but not anywhere near what it is today.

Obesity is a growing problem in the UK. When looking more closely at the numbers, it becomes clear that while it is a general problem for both women and men, the problem is much bigger amongst the female sex as the recordings show that last year there were almost double as many episodes of obesity amongst women than amongst men. This problem should be taken seriously and should be addressed in a proper way by looking at the numbers more closely in connection with other data such as nutrition intake in order to both find a reason for the problem and effectively to find a solution to the problem.

Source: National Statistics, http://www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid=14291&topics=1%2fPublic+health%2fLifestyle&sort=Most+recent&size=10&page=1#top