Obesity is one of the top health issues in the UK today, threatening the health of millions of adults. Excess weight or obesity exposes a person to increased risk of a series of health issues and conditions, including:
- diabetes (type 2)
- coronary heart disease or stroke
- certain cancers including breast and bowel
- low self-esteem or depression
It is very important to address weight issues and it is never too late to take action.
Professional Help for Weight Loss
The Smart Clinics has an extensive team of healthcare professionals who can help patients to tackle weight issues.
- Private GPs – the first port of call for healthcare advice
- Nutritionists or dietitians who can work with patients one to one on customised diet plans
- Clinical hypnosis or acupuncture treatment for weight issues
- Hormonal Restoration Therapy and Bio-Identical Hormones can be helpful in weight loss
- For a more active lifestyle, then support is available from physiotherapists, podiatrists or osteopaths
Enter your height and weight to see what your BMI is:
Body Mass Index
BMI (body mass index) is a widely used indication of whether a person is a healthy weight in relation to their height:
- “normal” weight is defined as 0-25
- “overweight” is defined as 25 to 29.9
- “obese” is defined as 30-39.9
- “severely obese” is defined as 40+
Weight and Obesity Statistics
National statistics published in February 2014 show a worrying trend in weight related issues
- The proportion of adults with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) decreased between 1993 and 2012 from 41.0% to 32.1% among men and from 49.5% to 40.6% among women.
- The proportion of adults that were overweight including obese increased between 1993 and 2012 from 57.6% to 66.6% among men and from 48.6% to 57.2% among women.
- There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese between 1993 and 2012 from 13.2% to 24.4% among men and from 16.4% to 25.1% among women.
- The proportion of adults with a raised waist circumference increased from 20% to 34% among men and from 26% to 45% among women between 1993 and 2012.