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Britain Facing Obesity Crisis According To WHO

May 6, 2015
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) have predicted that three in four British men and two thirds of British women will be overweight by 2030. The figures, which are based on current trends and were compiled in association with the UK Health Forum, show that the UK is in the top third of European nations in terms of obesity.

Dr Laura Webber, director of Public Health modelling at the UK Health Forum, told the Independent that action needs to be taken now to address the problem. “There needs to be a whole-society approach to this. We’d like to see greater regulation: sugar taxes for instance. People also need to know what they’re eating. Better labelling of foods and understanding what goes into processed foods is vital, as are continued reformulations of processed foods,” She said.

The research, which is to be presented to the European Congress on Obesity in Prague, shows that Ireland leads the 53 European nations with 89% of men and 85% of women expected to be overweight or obese in 15 years’ time. Currently, a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 25 is classified as overweight; a BMI of 30 or more is classed as obese.

In another paper to be presented to the congress by Cambridge University’s Behaviour and Health Research Unit, results suggest that despite the rising obesity figures, the majority of UK and US populations are still against placing extra taxes on unhealthy foods.