Facts

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Facts

Obesity is not new. Throughout history there have been overweight and obese individuals. Some famous figures from history that were over weight and developed illness because of it include: Henry VIII (diabetes), Dr Samuel Johnson (Gout, type 2 diabetes) and Samuel Pepys (gout).

 

  • Obesity is fast becoming the Developed world’s leading health problem.
  • Adult obesity rates have almost quadrupled (become 4 times greater) over the last 25 years.
  • Over 2/3rds of adults in the UK are overweight or obese.
  • Being obese reduces your life expectance by up to 9 years.

 

Being overweight increases the risk of developing the following problems:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • strokes
  • osteoarthritis
  • high blood pressure
  • polycystic ovary disease

 

Obesity contributes to 1/3rd of cancers of the bowel, breast, kidney and stomach. The number of obese children in the UK has tripled over the last 20 years. At least 10% of 6-year olds and 17% of 15-year olds in the UK are clinically obese.

 

We have given some prescription diets. It is advised that these are used as model diets. It is worth remembering that:

 

ALL FOODS ARE HEALTHY IT IS THE DIET WE USE THAT IS UNHEALTHY.

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