Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warning as More Approaching Old Age Are Now Overweight

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warning as More Approaching Old Age Are Now Overweight

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk

MANY people entering old age are overweight and more needs be done to tackle the rising problem, figures show.

New statistics have revealed that almost three-quarters of people aged 45 to 74 in England are either overweight or obese.

Young adults are the only age group which have a normal average body mass index (BMI), according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The National Obesity Forum warned that figures showed a large proportion of the population will face significant problems as they enter old age.

Prof Eugene Milne, director of public health for Newcastle City Council, said obesity affects all areas of the population in the North East.

He said: "Obesity presents a major problem for health and wellbeing in the country as a whole and notably for people in the North East. While many other health indicators are improving, excess weight has been heading in the opposite direction, causing increases in diabetes and arthritis, and raising the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers.

"Obesity affects the whole population, but our message to older people who are overweight is that weight control does not need necessarily to involve high impact exercise. You can lose and manage weight through just keeping active - for example gardening or walking - alongside improving your diet and nutrition. Your GP can give you advice on this.

"The good news is that weight increase is not inevitable, and that people acting individually, or with the support of services, can change. It is never too late to benefit from eating better and being more active."

Being overweight or obese can lead to a number of serious conditions including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, and stroke. That is why The Journal launched its Great North Fitness Revolution a number of years ago to try to tackle the region's obesity problem.

"Our campaign encourages people of all ages to keep active through regular exercise and a good, blanaced diet. …

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