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Eight of 10 men will be overweight by 2020

17th February 2010

A new study has claimed that 80% of men and 70% of women will be overweight by 2010.


The study updates the 2007 Foresight report, based on data from 1993 to 2004.

The report, from Oxford University, said: “Unlike the recent report on child obesity, which showed some indications of a plateauing or at least a significant reduction in the rate of obesity, the future projections for adults are less optimistic."

It raises concerns that as well as people being fatter, there will be a rise in diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

The data suggests that while 41% of men aged 20-65 will be obese, a further 40% will be overweight.

Figures show that by 2050, there will be a 23% rise in obesity-related stroke, a 34% rise in obesity-related high blood pressure, a 44% rise in obesity-related coronary heart disease and a 98% rise in obesity-related diabetes.

Prof Klim McPherson, who led the study, said: "These trends demonstrate that the cautiously optimistic picture we presented in November 2009 for a levelling off of future obesity rates among children is not mirrored in adults.”

He said that the serious health problems associated with obesity mean will put a “substantially increased burden on the NHS” and called on the government to redouble its efforts to tackle obesity.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said the Change4Life campaign to encourage people to eat well, move more and live longer had already surpassed its targets.

He said: “We are beginning to see the positive impact on families as they start to adopt healthier lifestyles.”


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Article Information

Title: Eight of 10 men will be overweight by 2020
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14093
Date Added: 17th Feb 2010


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