Looks like we are all on a diet.
The government has, yet again, decided that it needs to do something about our health and our weight problem.
But this time it feels different.
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic researchers are beginning to understand the impact that carrying excess weight has on our immune systems. It is estimated that nearly two thirds of people in the UK are overweight or obese. By the end of primary school it is likely that one in five children will be obese.
Early studies point towards the risk of carrying excess weight and (1) becoming more ill from COVID-19 and (2) being less able to fight off the COVID-19 virus in the first place.
But that’s not the whole story. Factor in the link between being overweight and the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer and the picture is very gloomy.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely used and is a good measure to check if you are a healthy weight. But it’s possible to have a high BMI even though you have more muscle to fat (muscle and fat weigh the same but muscle takes up much less space in your body so you can pack more muscle tissue into a smaller space).
The NHS recommends using waist size to determine if a person is carrying excess fat.