A report has clearly revealed that there will be more obese adults in the UK than those of a healthy weight within 5 years.

Experts have warned there will be a “tipping point” by 2027 when a third of adults will be obese if current trends continue.

By 2040, they predict there will be 21 million people considered obese in the UK and 19 million considered overweight.

Analysis by Cancer Research UK shows that seven out of 10 people (71%) will be overweight or obese by 2040. Of these, almost four in 10 (36%) are adults. will be obese.

Currently, 64% of adults are overweight or obese, with numbers increasing every year.

The report suggests that the number of obese people could surpass those of a healthy weight by the early 2020s in the UK and the late 2030s in Northern Ireland.

For Scotland and Wales, the crossover is not expected to happen before 2040.

The new data comes after former Conservative Party leader William Hague attacked the government for postponing a ban on “buy one get one” deals on foods high in fat, salt and sugar for a year because of the crisis. cost of living.

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The ban on advertising junk food on TV before 9pm has also been postponed for a year.

Write in TimeLord Hague said the weakening of the anti-obesity strategy under pressure from MPs was “morally reprehensible”.

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of at least 13 different types of cancer and also causes other conditions like high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

An estimated 22,800 cases of cancer in the UK each year are attributed to people who are overweight and obese.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: “These projections should serve as a wake-up call to the government about the state of our nation’s health.

“Ministers must not continue to toss cans in the street when it comes to tackling the obesity crisis – delaying measures that lead to healthier food options.

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“I urge them to reconsider this decision and take bold action on obesity, the second biggest preventable cancer risk factor in the UK.”

Rates of severe obesity (body mass index over 40) are expected to nearly double across the UK from 3% to 6%.

According to the report, the prevalence of overweight appears to have stabilized for the time being, but obesity is still increasing.

Among women, about 60% are currently overweight or obese but this number is expected to increase to 67% by 2040.

Among men, 74% will be overweight or obese by 2040, up from 68% today.

The report also found that those experiencing higher levels of deprivation may be most affected.

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In the UK in 2019, 35% of people living in the most deprived areas were obese and this figure is estimated to rise to almost half (46%) by 2040.

Meanwhile, 22% of people living in the least deprived areas were obese in 2019, and this number is estimated to increase to 25%.

Dr Julie Sharp, head of patient and health information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Obesity is a complex issue and the world around us can make it very difficult to keep our weight off. reasonable.

“Government action is key to ensuring that healthy choices are available and affordable to people and addressing the larger barriers that prevent people from living healthy.

“If these incredible trends continue, obesity will eclipse smoking as the biggest cause of cancer.”

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A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We recognize the urgent need to tackle obesity, as it costs the NHS an estimated £6.5 billion a year and is The second biggest cause of cancer.

“We are taking urgent action to encourage people to make healthier food choices through calorie labeling on menus, supporting families through programs like Healthy Start and apply regulations on placing less healthy products in stores.

“We will set out even more actions to advance the nation’s health through our white paper later this year.”

Additional Report of the Press Association


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