Diabetes UK is calling on people to watch their weight during National Obesity Week (Monday 17 – Sunday 30 January) as events to mark the week take place throughout the UK.
Schools, nurseries, leisure centres, residential homes for older people, colleges, universities and sports clubs are all taking part in the ‘National School Sport Dance’ in a bid to gain the world record for the largest dance. This takes place on January 19, which marks 555 days until the start of the 2012 London Olympics. The date was chosen due to '555' resembling 'SSS' – which stands for ‘Support School Sport’.
Libby Dowling, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: "Being overweight is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, so managing your weight with a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help prevent you from developing the condition.
"People with Type 2 diabetes can also help manage their condition by maintaining a healthy weight. Diabetes UK recommends a healthy diet that is low in fat, salt and sugar to help people lose weight or sustain a healthy weight."
Rising obesity rates mean one in ten people across the UK are now obese.