Obese people 'in denial of risks to health'

7 December 2011

A quarter of obese people whose only option may be to have weight loss surgery ignore the health risks that their high body mass index (BMI) could cause, new research has indicated.

Cancer Research UK found that a percentage of people who are overweight do not want to lose weight and that many are unaware of the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle.

In a survey of 4,000 men and women who were overweight, 87 per cent of those who were obese and 32 per cent who were classed as having a BMI that was too high for their height did not realise that they were classed as unhealthy.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "It's worrying to think that people are in denial about their weight. People who are carrying extra weight face significant health risks including cancer."

She added that obesity is one of the most preventable causes of diseases such as cancer.

Furthermore, a recent study by HEART UK found that cholesterol is one of the leading risks of cardiac problems - another preventable factor accelerated by being overweight.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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