25% Of Britons Have Obese Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index

Well we all know that the average waist line of America is ever expanding, but we are not the only country in trouble, a report was just released stating that 25% Of Britons Have Obese Body Mass Index. Pardon the pun but THAT”S HUGE!

Via Huffington Post

A quarter of the UK population has an obese Body Mass Index (BMI), but a high number “deny” how severely their weight could be affecting their health, according to new figures.

Only 6% of people believe their weight problem is severe enough to be described as obese, Slimming World’s annual survey showed.

Three quarters of people with an obese BMI underestimate their weight category according to the National Slimming Survey, which had 2,065 respondents.

More than one in three who are regarded as overweight said they felt weight “is the most important issue in life”.

Half of those classified as obese said their weight made them feel embarrassed, while others said they felt awkward, disgusted,
ashamed, clumsy or trapped.

Now I have stated before I am not here to judge the body, anybody’s body, but there has to be something said for health (and yes we all know that size is not an indicator of health), AND the way that you feel in your body. THIS is what I am most interested in. The issue of weight whether too much or too little is more about feeling fit, strong and vital than it is about aesthetics and beauty!

The Article continues:

Dr Jacquie Lavin, head of nutrition and research at Slimming World, said: “This worrying new data reveals the complex psychological issues associated with being overweight.

“Many people, including many health professionals, believe that managing weight is just about energy balance, and that people simply need to ‘eat less and exercise more’.”

However, that approach can never work while so many people deny how severely their weight could be affecting their health by increasing their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke or while they struggle with the emotional burden of being overweight, which can affect their confidence in their ability to make healthy lifestyle changes.

“As individuals, we need support to tackle the deep-rooted psychological issues around how we feel about our weight before we can begin to make those changes.”

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