Increase in Obesity in UK

This essay "Increase in Obesity in UK" outlines the problem of obesity, health consequences and the steps that should be taken to prevent it. Following Gard and Wright (2004) Obesity can be explained as “weight at least 20% in excess of the range suggested in standard height weight tables” (p. 45) or a body mass index greater than 27. In spite of the fact that obesity affects all populations, it has become a problem for the UK nation caused by social and economic changes. According to recent statistical results: “the figures… show that the number of obese children aged 11 to 15 has almost doubled over the past ten years to reach a quarter of the population – increasing from 14 per cent to 24 per cent for boys and from 15 per cent to 26 per cent for girls” (Kirby 2006). Taking into account correlation between social factors and economic position of most UK citizens, it is possible to say that social and class location is a salient factor which causes obesity problems and unhealthy eating patterns. “The survey also showed that one in four adults is now considered obese. The number of obese men has almost doubled since 1993 – from 13 per cent to 24 per cent in 2004”.
The significance of this problem can be explained by the fact that obesity becomes a primary cause of such diseases as II diabetes (about 80% of the obese population), cardiovascular disease, breast and colon cancer. gall bladder surgery, high blood pressure. In young age obesity can cause: sleep apnea, increased LDL cholesterol.