Britain has the highest numbers of overweight people in the EU with almost 30% of women and just under 27% men now reported as overweight. The obesity crisis is in full swing.
Not only this, but our stats for lack of exercise, high cholesterol and excessive drinking aren’t doing us any favours in the fitness level stakes.
These statistics follow a warning that we seem to be perceiving our above-average weight as normal, heading down the same slippery slope as our friends across the pond in the US, the most obese nation in the world.
The European Society of Cardiology ranks British men as the most obese in 47 countries including the 28 in the EU. British women have the second worst rate of obesity.
So, what’s happened to put our nation at the top of this list of obesity shame?
We eat more, and more than we actually need thanks to the abundance of convenient foods available to us. We work more, leaving less time for exercise thanks to challenging careers, family life and bust social schedules. Plus, we’re uneducated on the benefits of physical activity in the fight against obesity and related life-threatening illnesses.
The report shows 26.9 per cent of British men are obese, putting themselves in danger of a heart attack or stroke, compared to an average EU rate of 22.9 per cent. Even more British women are severely overweight, making up 29.2 per cent of us, compared with an EU average of 23.1 per cent.
Just under 45 per cent of British women don’t get their recommended 150 minutes of exercise every week. Men do slightly better but it’s not enough to get excited about. Over 33 per cent of men are still not active enough.
When it comes to our taste for a tipple, the UK is 10th worst offender for binge drinking of the 47 countries. More than a quarter of Britons admitted heavy drinking in the previous 30 days, compared to the average of 19.1 per cent.
So that’s it, we’ve now become the obesity capital of the EU. Embarrassing, hey?
What are we going to do about it?
Overcoming obesity is a long-term process and although processed foods and cheap eats have contributed to the issue, lack of exercise also plays a crucial part. So it’s important that those within the fitness industry, such as personal trainers, stress the importance of fitness as part of a healthy and long-term lifestyle.
Educating the nation on what the body needs to function effectively, and how to prepare simple, healthy, and realistic meals will make a huge impact in the number of diet and obesity-related health issues within the UK. Not to mention the 33,000 premature deaths linked to being overweight.
Our Obesity & Diabetes Specialist course will equip you with the tools required to plan and monitor effective programmes for the overweight and obese. Plus, our Weight Management Certification will equip you with the tools required to plan and monitor nutrition programmes covering the nutritional basis of healthy eating, the physiology and psychology of dieting and educating individuals on the analysis of food labels, you’ll have the professional qualification to provide advice to those ready to manage their weight for a longer and healthier life.
If you’re ready to help tackle obesity and diet-related illnesses, speak to the Focus team about our Nutrition and Weight Management or Obesity Specialist course, and get yourself prepared to shape the nation!