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Obesity levels gaining weight

A new report shows that obesity levels have almost doubled in 14 years.

Data from the Health Survey for England of nearly 7,000 adults and more than 7,500 children showed that 24 per cent of men and women were obese in 2007 compared with 16 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men in 1993.

The report also found that more than two-thirds of men and women did not know or they underestimated how much physical activity they should be taking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition, only around one in four men and one in three women were eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Sad state

“This report is a sad indictment of the current state of health in the UK. Obesity is one of the leading causes of Type 2 diabetes, a serious condition which can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and amputation.," said Caroline Butler, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

“Research has shown that losing weight can reduce a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 per cent. Diabetes UK recommends that the best way to manage weight is by eating a healthy, balanced diet and doing at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.”

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