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The proportion of men who are obese is increasing and if current
trends continue, it is estimated that 47% will be obese. Men should be even
more careful to manage their weight because they are more prone to putting on
weight around their middle (visceral fat) where it does the most harm. The
proportion of men with a raised waist circumference increased from 20% in 1993
to 34% in 2008.
Men are more likely than women to develop a
range of serious, disabling and potentially life-threatening long-term health
conditions that are preventable, and are more likely to do so at an earlier
age. Many of these are related to being overweight, such as cardiovascular
disease, diabetes and colo-rectal cancer.
This all contributes to why a male’s life
expectancy is lower than a female’s.
It doesn’t have to be this way...
Ask your doctor or practice nurse for a body MOT that includes blood pressure,
blood glucose and cholesterol tests.
Between 1993 and 2008 the proportion of men
with a BMI in the normal range decreased from 41% to 33%, while the proportion
who were obese increased from 13% to 24%. This puts obese men only 1% behind
obese women, and by 2015 – if current trends continue – men are predicted to
overtake women and 36% will be obese.
Being overweight is linked to a higher risk
of many serious diseases. Men are naturally at higher risk of many of these
(e.g. cardiovascular disease), whatever their weight, so it is even more
important for them to stay at a healthy weight.
Why lose weight? >
Given the size of the UK obesity and health
problem, and the increased pressure that men are under to take care of their
appearance, it’s not
surprising that more and more are looking
for help to lose weight. More men are joining All About Weight every month and
finding it’s the way for them to success and a fitter, healthier and better
Why losing weight with All About Weight works so well for men >
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