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Britons are more likely to be obese than a healthy weight by the end of the decade, startling analysis reveals.
Experts have warned that if current trends continue, there will be an extra six million obese people by 2040 with a ‘tipping point’ reached in just a few years.
According to projections, those who are a healthy weight and the obese will account for about 30 per cent of the UK population each by 2026.
그러나 2030 the number of obese individuals will have surpassed those of a healthy weight – with experts warning the figures should act as a ‘wake-up call’ for the Government.
보고서, from Cancer Research UK, also estimated that about seven in ten Britons will be classed as overweight or obese by 2040.
This is the equivalent of 42million, with half expected to be obese. Currently more than six in ten are overweight or obese.
Individuals are considered a healthy weight if their body mass index is between 18.5 과 24.9, while overweight is a BMI of 25 ...에 29.9 and obese is classed as a BMI of 30 and above.
Obesity costs the NHS an estimated £6.5billion per year. 으로 2030 the number of obese individuals will have surpassed those of a healthy weight, equaling around 42million people
It follows a decision by the Government to postpone a ban on ‘buy one get one free’ offers on unhealthy food because of the cost of living crisis.
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of about 13 different types of cancer, the charity warned. Every year about 22,800 cases of cancer in the UK are linked to being overweight or obese.
Cancer Research chief executive Michelle Mitchell said: ‘These projections should serve as a wake-up call to the Government about the state of our nation’s health.
‘Ministers must not keep kicking the can down the road when it comes to tackling the obesity crisis – delaying measures that will lead to healthier food options.
‘I urge them to revisit this decision and take bold action on obesity, the second biggest preventable risk factor for cancer in the UK.’
Experts also warned that if trends continue, obesity will ‘eclipse smoking as the biggest cause of cancer’.
Dr Julie Sharp, head of health and patient information at the charity, 말했다: ‘The world around us can make it very difficult to keep a healthy weight.
Government action is key in making sure that the healthy option is readily available and affordable for people and addressing the wider barriers that prevent people from living healthy lives.’
The British Heart Foundation said the report ‘highlights the urgent need to take action on obesity’.
Maeva May of the charity said: ‘Such figures should spur the Government to use everything at their disposal to prevent this happening – but instead we see vital measures on junk food advertising and multi-buy promotions delayed at the critical moment. They must urgently reconsider this damaging move.’
The Department of Health said: ‘We recognise the pressing need to tackle obesity, given it costs the NHS an estimated £6.5billion per year. We’re taking urgent action to encourage people to choose healthier food options.’