Tackling female obesity 'must be a national priority'

11 December 2015

The government has been urged to make addressing female obesity a national priority.

According to chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies, 56 per cent of 35 to 44-year-old women in England are obese, along with 62 per cent of 45 to 54-year-olds.

As a result, she believes more needs to be done to deal with this problem, as obesity can affect every aspect of a woman's life, particularly with regard to pregnancy.

Indeed, Dame Sally said obese women are more at risk of experiencing a miscarriage and giving birth prematurely.

"In women, obesity can affect the outcomes of any pregnancies they have and the health of any future children they may have," she commented.

"This is a difficult message to convey, as it risks burdening women with guilt and responsibility."

Nevertheless, she said this could improve the chances of women taking more positive steps to improve their health, such as improving their diet and exercising more.

"It is never too late to take action for a healthier lifestyle - for you and your family," Dame Sally added.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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