Obese Britain

A recent survey has shown that a staggering sixty percent of people in Great Britain are overweight based on standard BMI calculations. The survey of over 2000 people, consisted of a BMI calculator, and showed 28% of people were classified as overweight. Even more were obese – Almost a THIRD of brits were classified in the highest BMI range.

Obesity Statistics

The findings from the survey – conducted by Salter, who are celebrating their 250th anniversary this year – there was good news about people’s resolve to change their weight for the better.

  • 28% of people in Britain are overweight
  • 31% of people in Britain are obese
  • 74% of overweight people would like to lose weight.

However, people don’t seem to be off to a good start on shedding the stones – many say they are simply too scared to check their weight regularly – with nearly a third only weighing themselves once every 6 months: And a similar number of people said they’d avoid weighing themselves if they knew they’ve put on a bit of weight.

Embarrassment

In addition to those stats, a quarter of the people questioned admit they lie to other people about what they weigh – with a further 16% being economical with the truth when it comes to their clothes size. Recent studies have also suggested people are too embarrassed about their weight to seek help from their doctor if they feel they may be overweight.

Causes

The largest government study into obesity was published two years ago by Sir David King. It painted a worrying picture of 21st Century Britain, blaming changes in working patterns, fast food consumption, reliance on transport, and the culture of food-selling. King, according to the Guardian newspaper, said: “The technological revolution of the 20th century has left in its wake an ‘obesogenic environment’ that serves to expose the biological vulnerability of human beings.”

Sex Life

More research has pointed to links between Britain’s obesity problem and problems in the bedroom. In a new study in the British Medical Journal, researchers found obese women had more trouble finding a sexual partner, and were four times as likely to have an unplanned pregnancy. Meanwhile, overweight men reported an increased rate of erectile dysfunction.

Tactics

The new coalition government are being urged to do more to to stamp out obesity in children. This year will see the first ever National Child Obesity Week in July: The week of campaigning has been organised by the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and Mend – a charity providing after-school health programmes for kids. But with culture changing faster than the bodies of people in the west can seem to cope with, tackling Britian’s so-called ‘obesity time-bomb’ looks set to be an unenviable task.