Jan 31 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
RESEARCH has revealed that 69 per cent of people in the borough are either obese or know someone who is, according to a local hospital.
Experts at BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital, Sudbury Hill, Harrow, are encouraging dieters to ditch any new year resolutions they may have made around ‘fad diets’ in favour of year-round healthy eating in order to tackle the obesity problem in the borough.
The study – which surveyed more than 1,000 residents over the age of 18 in September 2012 – revealed 64 per cent had been on a diet that was unsuccessful, while 71 per cent said that they had dieted in the past but then gone on to put the weight back on.
Weight-loss and obesity specialist at the hospital, Shaw Somers, said: “The simple fact is that yo-yo dieting and the latest fad diets are not long term solutions to maintaining a healthy weight. Healthy eating and regular exercise are the best tools we have to tackle this epidemic, yet unfortunately for many people the message simply is being lost in our obsession with yo-yo and fad diets, especially around this new year period.”
A person is considered to be obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a calculation of whether a person is the right weight for their height.
Obesity can carry serious health risks such as type two diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic back pain and cancer.
Mr Somers added: “All of these conditions which occur as a direct result of obesity are serious and can dramatically shorten a person’s life expectancy, as a nation and as parents we all need to wise up and become more aware of the food we are eating and the energy we are expending through exercise.”