Saturday 18 February 2012

Britain is a country with more and more fat, sick old men

Figures revealed by the 'National Health Service Information Centre'  show that :
*  the number of old men and women admitted to hospital because they are 'dangerously fat' has soared almost ten-fold in five years and 1,102  between the age of 60 and 74  ended up in a hospital bed in 2009/10 as a direct result of their excessive weight, an increase of 834% from  2004/05.

* this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg because they only include those admitted with a primary diagnosis of obesity while tthousands more 'grossly overweight' old men and women will have entered hospital with heart disease, strokes, diabetes and some cancers brought on by their size.

* these fat old people are not alone and health experts say the increase on junk food diets and a lack of exercise  helps to explain why nearly a 25% of adults and 20% of ten-year-olds in Britain are classified as 'clinically obese'.

* the number of diabetes sufferers in Britain has risen by 50% in  five years, fuelled by these soaring levels of obesity and  three million adults and children now have the condition and the charity, 'Diabetes UK'  warns that the National Health Service is now spending £9billion every year treating patients, which is almost 10% of its budget.


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