UK – Over half the nation ‘at risk’ of chronic disease due to obesity

A new NHS report has detailed how more than 56% of adults are at increased, high or very high risk of chronic disease due to their waist circumference and BMI, with 26% of men and 29% of women being reported as obese.

Further to the findings, the Health Survey for England (HSE) revealed that 17% of men and 18% of women had ever had asthma diagnosed, and that as many as 27% of adults reported less than 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week – officially classifying them as “inactive”.

The nation-wide study, which consisted of 8,178 adults and 2,072 children, also found that 10% of men and 5% of women drink alcohol nearly every day, with older age groups more likely to drink regularly.

Caroline Cerny, alliance lead at the Obesity Health Alliance said that the consistently high rate of obesity is “sadly reflective of the environment we live in – one that is flooded with unhealthy food and drinks and relentless marketing to tell us to buy and eat more and more.”…