Britons are on the way to becoming the fattest people in Europe within a decade. A study reveals that four out of ten will be roly-poly by 2025 in Britain.
Unhealthy diet and lack of exercise have made people bulk up with unhealthy nutrients. And this is the first time in the world that there will be more obese people than underweight.
According to researchers at Imperial College London, intake of “statin and beta-blockers”, which causes lower blood pressure and slash cholesterol, veiled the unhealthy lifestyle in the UK. And researchers have made the pronouncement that obesity will become so intense that drugs will stop working and surgery will only be the saviour from the diseases.
“This epidemic of severe obesity is too extensive to be tackled with medications such as blood pressure lowering drugs or diabetes treatments alone, or with a few extra bike lanes,” said Majid Ezzati, a professor at School of Public Health at Imperial and the senior author of the study in a report by The Telegraph.
“Our research has shown that over 40 years we have transitioned from the world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity to one in which more people are obese than underweight,” said Ezzati.
He further added that the health crisis needs a collective global effort. The obesity is about to cross the saturation level. Their suggestion is to impose high taxes on sugary and processed foods and this would help reduce fat tummies.
“Unless we make healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables affordable for everyone, and increase the price of unhealthy processed foods, the situation is unlikely to change,” he said.
Britain is one of the severely affected European countries with obesity. It has the third highest average BMI (Body Mass Index) for women and the tenth highest for men.
But the new report says that within a few years Britain will have the highest number of obese women in Europe, carried on in Ireland with 37 percent and Malta with 34 percent. It will also have the fattest men followed by Ireland and Lithuania with 36 percent.
A report published in The Lancet provided a review of BMI among 200 countries. The researchers foregathered analysis from 1,698 population-based studies, including 19 million participants from 99 percent of the countries in the world.
In 1975, the average BMI of Britons was 23 percent, which is considered a healthy body mass. However, today the BMI has increased to 27 percent, which is above the healthy level. This shows that every person has bulked up three pounds(1.5kgs) since the 70s.