Obesity and Weight Management
Obesity is a condition in which abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in adipose tissue impairs health. In most cases, it is the result of energy intake exceeding energy expenditure over a period of years. It is defined in adults as a body mass index (BMI) above 30. Within the UK the data from the Health Survey for England 2006 showed that 24% of adults (both men and women) were obese and an additional 44% of men and 34% of women were overweight (BMI ?25-29.9).
Around 16% of children aged 2 to 15 years were obese and an additional 14% were overweight. For those aged 2 to 10 years, 16.3% boys and 14.4% girls were obese. For those aged 11-15 years, 17.6% of boys and 19.0% of girls were obese.
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