Obesity is a chronic serious health problem, similar to diabetes and high blood pressure that affects 1 in every 4 adults in the UK. Worryingly based upon current trends the number of people affected by obesity in the UK is set to rise to 1 in every 2 people by 2050.
A person with obesity is at increased risk of developing several other severe diseases such as heart disease but unfortunately these diseases often go undetected and untreated putting a person’s health at greater risk. It is important that people with obesity are aware of these obesity-linked health problems and that they make sure that their GP checks for these and starts treated if needed. People with obesity die at a younger age and many organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the American Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association now recognise obesity as a chronic progressive disease. Regardless of whether obesity is viewed as a disease or not it is important that people affected by obesity receive the appropriate advice and help to improve their health.
A person is classified as being obese if they have an unhealthy amount of body fat. Women naturally have more body fat than men. A woman is classified as being obese if her body fat makes up 40% or more of her total body weight. A man is classified as being obese if his body fat makes up 30% or more of his body weight.