Obesity Statistics UK Forecast

Data presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France in 2012 has given a worrying forecast of the worsening UK obesity crisis.

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.

Experts extrapolated the current statistics and trends into the future and predicted:

UK Male Obesity Statistics Forecast

  • Nearly half of all British men will be obese by 2040
    • In 1993 approximately 10% per cent aged 18 – 40 were obese
    • Today, the figure has risen to 20%
    • By 2030, the prediction is 40%
    • By 2040, 45%
    • This represents a 350% rise in less than half a century
    • Nearly 60% of men over 40are forecast to be obese by 2040

UK Female Obesity Statistics Forecast

  • Over a third of women will be obese by 2040
    • In 1993 approximately 12% per cent aged 18 – 40 were obese
    • Today, the figure has risen to 21%
    • By 2030, the prediction is 33%
    • By 2040, 40%
    • This represents a 350% rise in less than half a century
    • Over 50% of women over 40 are forecast to be obese by 2040

The Cost of Obesity

The cost of treating related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer is expected to soar to £320 billion in the next two decades.

Tim Marsh, a researcher at the National Heart Forum, said:

“Whilst there are going to be inevitable health care costs as the consequences of an ageing population – wear and tear that we can’t do much to prevent – this is entirely preventable”.

With over half the population aged 40 or more expected to be classified as obese, around 2/3 will probably suffer from type 2 diabetes, which develops in middle age and is connected to excess weight issues.

 

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