This week a report has been published on Statistics on Physical activity, Obesity and diet in the UK. The trend on the rise in obesity especially amongst women is seriously worrying and with the current economic climate there does not seem to be a quick fix with more and more people forced to choose cheap, processed and nutrient-poor foods.
With heritabilty of Obesity documented to be around 80%, it is no wonder that this worrying epidemic is making the headlines on a daily basis. As we learn more about diet-gene (such as FTO) and gene-gene interaction in relation to Obesity unfold, I wonder if in the very near future we base our weight loss intervention on genetic results, would this make a difference in this trend?
Recent evidence has shown that individuals are more motivated to follow advice which is personalised, making the possibility of Nutritional genomics and quick access online nutritionists a real possibility.
Key findings of the report include;
- The proportion of adults with a normal BMI decreased between 1993 and 2011 from 41% to 34% among men and from 50% to 39% among women.
- The proportion that were overweight including obese increased from 58% to 65% in men and from 49% to 58% in women between 1993 and 2011
- There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese from 13% in 1993 to 24% in 2011 for men and from 16% to 26% for women.
- The proportion of adults with a raised waist circumference increased from 20% to 34% among men and from 26% to 47% among women between 1993 and 2011.
- In 2011, around three in ten boys and girls (aged 2 to 15) were classed as either
overweight or obese (31% and 28% respectively), which is very similar to the 2010 findings (31% for boys and 29% for girls).
- Only 24% of men and 29% of women consumed the recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables in 2011
- In 2011 there were 0.9 million prescription items dispensed for the treatment of obesity, a 19% decrease on the previous year.
While there is still a lot to be discovered, we as healthcare professionals should ensure that during these trying times that individuals and families who need to keep an eye on their waistline still have access to good nutritional information.
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Reference: The full report can be found at http://www.ic.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB10364
About Mariëtte Abrahams MBA RD is an experienced registered Dietitian & Nutritionist and Business consultant. She is the Director of Pomegranate Nutrition Consulting Ltd who has gained over 10 years experience in the Medical Nutrition and private sector. She currently supports individuals and businesses to use nutrition and emerging science to improve their health as well as their brands and services by providing specialist technical expertise. She has a specialist interest in the emerging science of Nutritional Genomics and Wellness. She is the author of “Practical Nutrigenomics- a guide to setting up your personalised nutrition service” and provides online mentoring services to health & wellness professionals. She is the founder of the Functional Spa Living® brand and creator of the FSL functional dark chocolate range.