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Major new study of 2.8 million people highlights the scale of obesity and severe health risks of being overweight

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:49

Major new study of 2.8 million people highlights the scale of obesity and severe health risks of being overweight

The new piece of research, which represents one of the biggest of its kind, shows that people with a high body mass index (BMI) were up to 70% more likely to develop heart failure than those with a more healthy weight.

The research also indicated that adults who were only slightly overweight are twice as likely to get Type 2 diabetes. Perhaps the most alarming statistic which emerged from the results is that people with a BMI of between 40 and 45, which is considered very high, are 50% more likely to die prematurely of any cause.

The study monitored adults between January 2000 and June 2019 to gather accurate data about health and investigate causes related to healthy weight.

Victoria Taylor, nutrition lead at the British Heart Foundation, said: "More than a quarter of UK adults (28%) are obese and it's something that we urgently need action on."

Regular and sustained physical activity is one of the most effective ways to prevent obesity and weight gain, with Public Health guidelines recommending that every UK adult completes at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to intense exercise. For tips on how to build physical activity into your weekly routine and help lessen the risk of developing a serious illness, visit the Healthy Weight page on the Active Norfolk website.

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Tags: Active Health, healthy weight, obesity