Diabetes Death Toll to Soar in Overweight UK


This story caught my eye because of my interest in how the health club industry will look in the future and the role it may be playing in keeping us British fatties, fit and well.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just reported that deaths from diabetes will soar by a quarter over the next decade as us Brits’ continue to pile on the weight. Its seems that too many pies, chips and burgers (and that’s just breakfast) is increasing the incidence of type 2 diabetes – something I know a little about as my Mum has been a diabetic for many years.

The WHO report said that 76% of British men aged 30-69 are overweight, compared with 65% in 1995. 69% of women are overweight compared with 55% 10 years ago. This means that by 2015, there could be as many as 41,000 diabetes related deaths. So are you at risk? Why not take this simple test. Put down that extra-large Mars bar and calculate what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is…work out your weight in kilos’ and divide by your height in metres squared…confused. Here’s an example. I’m 6 feet and 1 inch (1.85 metres) and I weight 87 kilos, giving me a BMI of 25.4 (slightly overweight – fat!). A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. If you’re BMI is between 25 and 29, you’re `overweight` and the dreaded `O` word, if more than 30.

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