Growing Obesity Problem in The UK: ‘The Fat Man of Europe’ is Getting Fatter

Obesity is a growing problem in the UK, and recent studies show that the recorded number of episodes of obesity in hospitals has increased by a startling 900% over the last 11 years.

Unfortunately, this is an expression of the general situation in the UK, and the amount of Brits who are obese is rapidly increasing while the amount of people whose weight is normal, is decreasing.

The calculations are based on Body Mass Index, which is a tool that uses height and weight to classify whether a person is underweight, normal-weight, overweight, or obese. The average British 30-year-old man is 5ft 9in, and the healthy weight for him is between 8st 13lb and 12st 2lb. This man is considered obese if his weight exceeds 14st 8lb. An average 5ft 3in tall 30-year old woman, on the other hand, is obese if she weighs 12st 2lb or more, and her weight should between 7st 6lb and 10st 2lb in order to be considered normal.

Obesity has been a big problem in the UK for quite some time, and the problem has only gotten bigger over the last few years. Britain has on more than one occasion been called by the nickname, ‘The fat man of Europe’, and rightly so.

Six years ago, in 2008, the UK had one of the highest obesity rates of high-income countries in Europe, with 10 percentage points more obese women and just over 7 percentage points more obese men than its neighbours France and Denmark. The problem was big in 2008, but with the development that has been going on since then and with no sign of things being about to change for the better, obesity is a problem that cannot be taken too seriously.

Links to data:
Adult BMI in the UK from 1993 to 2012, HSCIC
Obesity in high-income European countries 2008, WHO

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