Obese people in denial about their weight, new study reveals

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MORE than half of obese people in the region are in denial about their weight, a study released today has revealed.

And it’s authors say the “pressures of modern living” are stopping people from making healthier choices.

Nearly one in four people in Yorkshire and the Humber are obese, the second highest level in the country, according to Aviva’s first Health Check report - and 56 per cent of adults in the region had an overweight or obese Body Mass Index (BMI).

The report shows the scale of obesity and its effect on mental health and happiness, and found that more than half of obese people in the region in denial about their health, believing it to be “good or excellent”.

And while sedentary lifestyles and poor diet are taking their toll on waistlines, financial concerns are compounding poor health and leading to anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Dr Doug Wright, medical director for Aviva UK Health, said, that although losing weight is the top health ambition for the UK, any plans to lead a healthier lifestyle “are being neglected under the pressures of modern living,” with people failing to exercise, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, and consuming large amounts of caffeine.

Andrew Hill, professor of medical psychology at Leeds School of Medicine, said that while some may be in denial about their weight, it is the relationship between obesity and ill health in the future that people should be concerned about.

He said: “If you look at your BMI when you were 20, then 25, and then 30, and it keeps on going in an upwards trajectory, then you know you are slowly gaining weight and it is time to do something about it.”

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