Obesity: A Problem on the Rise in the UK
Date: September 3, 2011 Richard Jones

Eating your favourite food items is one of the most pleasurable activities a person can have. A degree of satisfaction is gained when one eats “comfort food”: desserts for those who have a sweet tooth and steaks for the meat lovers. However, eating non-stop can pose a problem with obesity if it is not combined with proper nutrition and exercise – and can result to more serious health and dental problems if not addressed in the earliest possible time.

A recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet stated that in the next 20 years, the levels of obesity in the UK are expected to rise by as much as 70% if trends in the past continue. There are currently 15 million obese individuals in the UK; if the trend prediction comes true, the total of obese people in the UK by the year 2030 will be at 26 million. The study also showed that if the obesity trend continues, rising healthcare costs are to be expected, to compensate for the funds allocated to treating obesity-related illnesses (such as cancer, diabetes, and coronary heart disease).

There is nothing wrong with eating the food you love – as long as it is done in moderation, in combination with a nutritious and healthy diet, and coupled with an active lifestyle. Obesity is a problem that needs to be dealt with in its earliest stages, to avoid complications from medical conditions; it is not simply a matter of being overweight, but rather an issue that tackles one’s whole lifestyle – and the changes that need to be done.

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