Essay on Obesity : A Big Social Problem For London

1780 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
In recent years, childhood and teen obesity has turned into a big social problem for London. A study that took place in England among 370,000 children aged between 11 and 15, revealed that 24% of boys and 25% of girls were obese (Donnely, 2015). Results of another research showed that “childhood obesity rates are higher in London than the rest of the country” and “one in five children classed as very overweight by the time they leave primary school” (Crerar, 2015).
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, obesity is defined as excess amount of body fat and can be measured and classified by the Human Body Mass Index (Health Risks of Being Overweight, 2012). Obesity is generally caused by overconsumption of calories, unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity. Specialists agree that people suffering from obesity can start to lose weight by improving their lifestyle habits. They should reduce their intake of fat, saturated, sugary and processed meals and replace them with healthier options as fruits, vegetables and homemade meals. Another important step is to start daily physical activities. If not treated or controlled, obesity and excessive weight can cause heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other serious health problems (Health Risks of Being Overweight, 2012). As it comes to the implications of this problem to the society, UK government spends 6 billion British pounds annually on medical expenses…

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