Obesity prevention (CG43) is the first national guidance on the prevention of overweight and obesity in adults and children in England and Wales.Author: Public Health England. Obesity means having too much body fat. It’s a really common problem these days – nearly two-thirds of adults in the UK are overweight or obese. Being obese increases your risk of a number of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer. So there are lots of good health reasons for staying a healthy weight, or losing excess weight if you have it.
More than 6 in 10 (59-65%) adults in the UK’s constituent countries are overweight or obese by body mass index (BMI) (2015).[1-4] 63-68% of males and 56-62% of females in the UK’s constituent countries are overweight or obese. Overweight and Obesity Prevalence, Adults Aged 16 and Over, Countries of the UK, 2015-2016. Obesity in the United Kingdom. In 2014 62% of adults in England were classified as overweight (a body mass index of 25 or above) or obese, compared to 53% 20 years earlier. More than two-thirds of men and almost six in 10 women are overweight or obese.
Obesity rates among adults in the UK have almost quadrupled in the last 25 years, and now around 1 in 4 fall into this category. What's more, over 60% of adults are classed as overweight or obese, leaving only 40% of women and 33% of UK men.