February 20, 2013
New figures reveal England’s growing waistline
Statistics published by the NHS Information Centre show 65
percent of men and 58 percent of women in England are now classed
as overweight or obese.
Worryingly, only 36 percent of
adults were found to take part in 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity at least once a week
and household purchases of fruit are on a downward trend since
The trend seems to be more
pronounced in women, with almost three times as many women
as men admitted to hospital for obesity in 2011-12.
Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Amy
Thompson, said: “These figures hold a mirror to the state of the
country’s health – and it is not a flattering
“The number of people who are overweight or
obese is steadily climbing and unhealthy lifestyle
choices are helping us along this path.
“After our Olympic year, it is a sad fact that
only a third of us manage 30 minutes of physical activity once a
week, when we should all be aiming for 150 minutes every
week to keep our hearts healthy.
“Alarmingly, over 1 in 10 children are now
classed as obese when they start school. We know that obese
children are more likely to become obese adults, but education is
the way to break this cycle. By teaching children about healthy
eating and inspiring them to be active at a young age, we can help
these kids towards a healthier future.”
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