The UK’s weight problem

07 Jul 2020 no comments Fitasty Categories Weight management

Did you know that in the UK 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children are obese? The term obese describes a person who is severely overweight with a lot of body fat. The statistics show a further trend in the country: more than 60% of all adults are overweight.1 That’s more than half of us!

Despite the common knowledge about this problem, a lot of people still struggle to get on the right track to losing that extra weight.

Is my weight ok?

You may wonder how to check whether your current weight is right and healthy for you: the most common method of measuring this for adults is called the BMI (body mass index). You can use the NHS calculator to check your BMI score here.

For most adults, a BMI of:

  • 18.5 to 24.9 means you’re a healthy weight
  • 25 to 29.9 means you’re overweight
  • 30 to 39.9 means you’re obese
  • 40 or above means you’re severely obese

BMI is not the ideal measure of the healthy weight, as e.g. for people with a high muscle mass this indicator will be misleading. However, it can still be a useful indicator of whether you’re a healthy weight for your age.2

Why is it important to maintain healthy weight?

Maintaining the right, healthy weight is very important for your health. It reduces the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It can also lower the risk of some cancers, according to studies. An interesting item to consider is also how much weight you’ve gained since you were in your 20s. According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: If your weight is in the healthy range and isn’t more than 10 pounds over what you weighed when you turned 21, focus on maintaining that weight by watching what you eat and exercising.3

Fitasty’s mission

At Fitasty, we understand the importance of healthy eating and the difference it can make to your wellbeing from our own experience. We also appreciate how difficult it is to plan, shop for and cook healthy meals according to dietary requirements and required calorie content. That’s why we decided to start Fitasty. We’re here to help people in Bristol fit healthy eating into their busy schedules and to encourage the transition to eating balanced, fresh foods. We would like to see all our customers feel great in their bodies and having the energy to conquer the day ahead – every day!

We are here to support your journey to healthy weight: get in touch for advice, encouragement or any questions you may have and we will do our best to help.

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Sources:

1 https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/statistics-on-obesity-physical-activity-and-diet/statistics-on-obesity-physical-activity-and-diet-england-2019/part-3-adult-obesity  

2 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/

3 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-weight/