UK faces biggest health challenge yet: nearly 50% of population forecast to be obese by 2045

Almost 1 in 3 Brits are now believed to be obese according to a recent study released by University College London.  The number of morbidly obese people in England, Scotland and Wales is set to double over the next 20 years, according to a recent study. And if the current trend continue, almost half our adult population will be classed as obese by 2045.

Recent figures show more than half of children leaving primary school are overweight or obese in some parts of England, males aged between 45 – 60 are also a high risk group for morbid obesity. Morbid obesity – which is a BMI of greater than 40 – is linked to heightened risk of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, mental illness and some cancers.  Recent research has linked obesity to as many as 12 different forms of cancer.

Experts said that without radical action the NHS will be “overwhelmed” – with one in eight suffering from type 2 diabetes.  The current cost of diabetes is around £10 billion annually with costs looking like increasing exponentially.

The UK’s largest professional organisation for hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), says hypnotherapy is very effective at controlling weight..

The NCH says, hypnosis helps people get in touch with why they unconsciously eat, rather than just encouraging them to diet and reduce calories, interventions that have been proven to only work in the short term.  Hypnosis can help you get you in touch with the reasons why you unconsciously eat. “If you are the type of person that struggles to stop after a small piece of chocolate and feels compelled to finish the packet then a hypnotherapist can help you understand why and help you create new healthy self-management techniques,” says the NCH.

Working together with your hypnotherapist, you will focus on making healthy choices – both food and lifestyle related – which will help you feel good about yourself.  It is impossible to work out how many cancer-free years a better lifestyle could bring, but it is known that around 40% of cancer cases are preventable and that not smoking, eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are the most effective ways you can reduce your cancer risk.

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