New study shows rise in obesity levels among younger people

Cancer Research UK have released the results of a national study into public health which has highlighted a worrying trend towards a fatter population. Figures from the study indicate that more than 25% of the population are now considered obese. Experts speculate that this figure will continue to rise, with Millennials becoming the 'most overweight generation since records began'.

Analysis of the results suggests that 7 in 10 millennials (the definition of millenial here being individuals born between the early 1980s and mid 1990s) are set to be overweight or obese before they reach the age of 40.

The UK has is in the position of having the fastest rising rate of obesity amongst any other developed nation and this is cause for great concern.

Why should we be worried about obesity

Carrying excess weight is linked to a host of other conditions, from diabetes to heart disease and cancer and even to mental health problems. As well as the burden on the individual, the burden on the NHS is likely to be unsupportable.

Up to half of all diagnoses of bowel cancer can be linked back to lifestyle, with diet being a key factor. Studies show that individuals who regularly eat processed or red meat are up to 50% more likely to develop bowel cancer than individuals who avoid these foods altogether.

CRUK's study revealed that only 15% of people polled understood that lifestyle and diet were linked to cancer. In our view this needs to be addressed urgently. Changing our lifestyle is something that we can do to stack the odds more in our favour and prevent weight gain and the many other health issues that this brings.

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