Yes!! It’s one of the worst health problems facing the western world, and the UK is up there with the worst of them.

According to a BBC health report, around a quarter of all UK adults are clinically obese.  If you go with “merely overweight” the figure jumps alarmingly to over 60%.

The report goes on to say that:

As many as 30,000 people die prematurely every year from obesity-related conditions.

Some experts believe obesity is responsible for more ill health than smoking. Being significantly overweight is linked to a wide range of health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Indigestion
  • Gallstones
  • Some cancers (eg, breast and prostate cancers)
  • Snoring and sleep apnoea
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Infertility

And the cost tot he UK economy is huge.  The National Audit office reckons that obesity costs the NHS £500,000,000 a year (that’s £500 million, but you get the real feeling with all those zeroes).  But the overall cost to the UK economy is far worse: £2,300,000,000,000.  £2.3 billion.  With around 60 million people in the UK, that’s £37,000 for every man, woman, and child.

I think I’ll get slim and ask for my £37,000!

But the health-care systems of the world (and the people wanting to lose weight) pick out one or two things to look at: pills, special diets, special exercise fads, the latest book.  Live Free From Obesity aims to use specialist nutrition to speed our progress to a healthy weight, while introducing fun and easy exercise, and rewiring our brains to only want healthy food.

It has to be worth a try!

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