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National Obesity Week – half of adults in UK underestimate their weight

People in the UK are being encouraged to check their weight as part of National Obesity Week (NOW!), which is taking place from 2 to 8 November 2009.

According to the National Obesity Forum (NOF), research shows that nearly half of adults have an inaccurate picture of their own weight. During the week, the charity is raising awareness of how being overweight can affect people’s health and is promoting healthier lifestyles.

Support for NOW!

NOW! is supported by Diabetes UK, the Stroke Association, the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Weighing and measuring sevice at pharmacies

During NOW!, pharmacies nationwide are offering a weighing and measuring service with supporting NOF posters and leaflets to raise awareness of ‘Having a Healthy BMI: Body Mass Imagination’.

Being overweight a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes

“Being overweight is a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations or kidney disease," said Cathy Moulton, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

Four in five cases of Type 2 are preventable

"We also know that up to 80 per cent of Type 2 diabetes is preventable by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.

"Therefore, to coincide with National Obesity Week, we encourage people to try to achieve a healthy weight by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables but low in sugar, salt and fat and by being physically active.

Up to half a million with undiagnosed diabetes

"In addition we know that there are up to 500,000 people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it.

"If you are overweight and worried that you might be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, why not use National Obesity Week to discuss your risk with your healthcare team?”

Further information

For more information about NOW! visit the National Obesity Forum website.

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