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People ignore health risk warning over excess weight

21st April 2010

A new survey has revealed that people remain ignorant of the fact that body shape can impact on their health.


A poll of 2,085 people has shown that many are blinkered to the dangers of excess weight around their waistline and that a spare tyre or muffin top puts them at increased risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Of those polled, 97% were unaware of a link despite 71% of those surveyed saying they had an expanding waistline.

The poll comes as three charities – the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK – have joined forces to launch a new Active Fat campaign to raise awareness of the dangers.

Dr Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation said: "That 'harmless' spare tyre around your waist is actually a major health hazard.

"While you might be relaxing at home, your fat cells are working overtime to pump out excess hormones and other chemicals that can cause disease.

"Wrapping a tape measure around your middle takes just a few seconds, but it could be your vital first step towards a healthier future."

Excess weight around the middle generates oestrogen and excess chemicals in the stomach, which put people at higher risk of killer diseases.

Data suggests that a waistline of 31.5 inches in women increases their risk of Type 2 diabetes, while men are more at risk if their waist is 37 inches.

Only 44% of men and women had tried exercise to reduce their size while 27% had instead bought bigger sized clothes.


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