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Unit 1 > Services > Obesity

Obesity
Tackling obesity is a government wide priority.

Being obese or overweight increases the risk of a range of diseases that can have a significant health impact on individuals:

Type-2 diabetes

Heart disease

Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Premature deaths

Reduces life expectancy by, on average, 9 years.

Obese people can experience stigmatization and bullying, which can lead to depression and low self-esteem.

BMI and waist circumference are measures of obesity

Adults with low physical activity levels are more than twice as likely to have a raised waist circumference than those with high levels of physical activity