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Men not concerned about weight

11th April 2011

Men's Health Forum chief executive Peter Baker has warned that many men do not understand the health dangers associated with weighing too much.

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He said the health service's failure to address the issue was making "a rod for its own back".

While many women bow to Western cultural pressure for female bodies to be slim, men are usually not as concerned about their weight.

More men are overweight or obese than women, with 66% of men weighing too much compared with 57% of women.

Significantly more men die earlier than women, with 22% of men dying before they reach the age of 64, compared to 13% of women.

Two thirds of men are overweight or obese, and this number of obese men is predicted to rise to 60% by 2050.

However men do not appear to be as concerned about losing weight as women. As a result, heart disease and stroke causes the highest number of deaths in men.

Men also have 70% more chance of dying from cancer and are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Baker said:  "Men are more likely than women to get some exercise but their exercise levels drop off very quickly as they get into their 30s."

"We estimate a million men aged over 35 in England and Wales need to get more exercise if their age group is to be as active as younger men."

 

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