Obesity affects baby boomer generation more than others, says US poll

20 July 2011

A recent study in the US has found that baby boomers are more likely to be obese, increasing their need for weight loss surgery.

The poll, conducted by LifeGoesStrong, showed that 36 per cent of baby boomers are classed as dangerously overweight, compared with 25 per cent in generations directly above and below them.

Baby boomers belong to the generation born following the end of World War II, as soldiers returned home and families were started in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The rise in obesity is now recognised as being linked to the rise in type 2 diabetes. However, recent studies from Newcastle University found that a crash-course diet of just 600 calories per day for two months could completely stop the disease in its tracks.

On the findings, Professor Roy Taylor said: "To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable - and all because of an eight-week diet."

Currently more than 20 per cent of people in the UK are classed as being morbidly obese.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1. Lim, E. L., et al. "Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol". Diabetologia. Thursday May 5th 2011

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