Half of us will be overweight in a generation

October 14, 2007

Nine out of 10 men will be overweight – half of them obese – within 15 years. And in 25 years, at least half the population will be obese, a leaked Government report reveals.

Nine out of 10 men will be overweight by 2022

The obesity crisis is described as being as great a threat as that posed by climate change.

It is expected to cripple NHS resources, with spending linked to obesity predicted to triple in less than a decade, and rise seven-fold by 2050.

A draft analysis from the Foresight programme report, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, shows that if current trends continue, at least half the population will be obese by 2032, while half of all primary school boys will reach that point by 2050.

Half of us will be overweight in a generation – Telegraph


Britons most obese in Europe

October 10, 2006

Tony Blair today urged people to take more responsibility for their fitness and diet, as a new study revealed a continuing north-south divide in the nation’s health.

But the prime minister accepted that economic deprivation was a key factor in poor public health.

Asked about health inequalities on BBC Breakfast, Mr Blair said: “I have to say it is to do with poverty.

It’s to do with diet, it’s to do with exercise. It starts at school and it starts with what parents feed their children.”

He said it was the government’s job to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. But he added: “The government cannot do it all.”

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