Can UK fight obesity?

Britain is the most obese nation in Western Europe

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Obesity

The term 'obese' describes a person who's very overweight, with a lot of body fat.

It's a common problem in the UK that's estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11.

Defining obesity

There are many ways in which a person's health in relation to their weight can be classified, but the most widely used method is body mass index (BMI).

BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height. You can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your score.

For most adults, a BMI of:

  • 18.5 to 24.9 means you're a healthy weight
  • 25 to 29.9 means you're overweight
  • 30 to 39.9 means you're obese
  • 40 or above means you're severely obese
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Independent

Tackling childhood obesity is about more than just diet and exercise

A recent World Health Organisation report revealed that the number of obese children and adolescents - aged five to 19 years - worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades.

Worryingly, it also predicts that "obese" is likely to become the new norm.

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