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NHS publishes latest obesity figures


www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that latest figures show that only one in three men are now considered a normal weight, however the obesity crisis for children may be ‘levelling off’. 21-02-2013

Experts warned the problem was 'spiralling out of control' with a tripling in the numbers admitted to hospital primarily because they are obese.
 
The data from the NHS shows that the proportion of men now considered a healthy weight, with a body mass index of between 18.5 and 25 reduced from 41 per cent in 1993 to 34 per cent in 2011.
 
At the same time the number of women with a healthy BMI, calculated by dividing weight by height squared, dropped from 50 per cent to 39 per cent.
 
One in four men and women are now considered obese, with a BMI of more than 30, with the rest classed as overweight.
 
The obesity crisis in children may be levelling off as the figures showed that 31 per cent of boys aged two to 15 were considered obese or overweight in 2011, the same as the previous year. In girls, 28 per cent were classed as obese or overweight in 2011, compared with 29 per cent in 2010.
 
One in ten children starting primary school in 2011/12 were classed as obese.
 
The report also showed that purchases of fresh and processed fruit and vegetables have been on a downward trend since 2008.
 
With thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk
 
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