Type 2 diabetes concern as figures show 8 in 10 obese by 2020

Wed, 17 Feb 2010
According to a new report, eight in ten men and almost seven in ten women will be either overweight or obese by the year 2020. The figure could indicate a mounting type 2 diabetes crisis, as well as massively increased levels of heart disease and stroke.

The study is part of the Government commissioned Foresight report, and indicates that far from easing, the obesity crisis is getting worse. The healthcare cost implications are phenomenal, with diabetes already accounting for a huge volume of healthcare spend.

The report was cited as saying: "Unlike the recent report on child obesity, which showed some indications of a plateauing or at least a significant reduction in the rate of obesity, the future projections for adults are less optimistic."

Diabetes UK expert Cathy Moulton was reported as saying: "This new report paints a gloomy picture of the future state of the UK's health. If left undiagnosed or not controlled well, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation ."
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