‘Over half of UK adults are overweight or obese’.
Nurse shortages expected due to rise in related diseases
Over half of UK adults are overweight or obese, according to leading independent analyst Datamonitor Healthcare.
Following a summer of sport and the promise of an Olympic legacy, new research has revealed that more than 50% of UK adults are currently overweight or obese. Over 24 million now have an unhealthy level of body fat, with 24% of the adult population suffering from obesity while 28% are classed as overweight.
Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25-29kg/m², while obesity is anything above 30kg/m². These figures follow recent research from the Department of Health, which warned that the UK will face a nurse shortage due to the rise in obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes.
Sabada Dube, lead epidemiologist at Datamonitor Healthcare, said:
“As we look forward to 2020, the number of UK adults that are obese or overweight is set to increase to 25 million, affecting about half of the adult population. This prevalence of obesity has boosted the markets of related diseases, which is one of the reasons why the global diabetes market is currently valued at $10 billion.”
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