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National Obesity Awareness week 2018 is from 8th January to the 14th and aims to help improve the nation’s health.
Obesity approximately affects one in four adults and one in five children aged 10 to 11.
It can lead to many serious health conditions that are potentially life-threatening, with key conditions being type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, a stroke and also some types of cancer for example bowel cancer.
As well as these serious health conditions, obesity can also affect a person’s quality of life and their relationships with family and friends, which can result in psychological issues for instance depression and low self-esteem. Obesity can also lead to a number of day-to-day problems, with some significant ones being breathlessness, increased sweating, difficulty doing physical activity and joint or back pain.
Depending on how severe a person’s obesity is, it can also reduce life expectancy by an average of 3 to 10 years. As an estimate, obesity and being overweight play a part in at least 1 in every 13 deaths in Europe.
The definition of 'obese’ is a person who is very overweight with a lot of body fat. The NHS provides a BMI healthy weight calculator which can be used to indicate whether a person is a healthy weight, overweight or obese.
If you or someone close to you is struggling with obesity or weight management and any of the issues it can cause, Health Assured are here to help. You can call us on our helpline, or for more information visit our health and wellbeing portal www.healthassuredeap.co.uk
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