Overweight & Obesity

By Josephine Townsend MNutr, RD.

 

 

Obesity and overweight are words constantly dominating our news headlines. The reality is, many of us have become desensitised to the dangerous implications of the disease (e.g. cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes).

 

Obesity and overweight rates have soared in recent years and most of us know people who’s weight perhaps classifies them as overweight or obese.

 

In 2007 overweight and obese associated health burdens were estimated to cost the UK £15.8 billion annually, which included NHS costs of £4.2 billion (1).

 

But what does obesity actually mean?

Why is there so much pressure to stop this growing epidemic?

How can we prevent ourselves piling on the pounds in the first place?

 

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