Analysis of UK GP records by researchers at the University of Birmingham indicates that otherwise “metabolically healthy” obese people do have a statistically higher chance of heart disease, stroke or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack) and heart failure compared to healthy people of normal (recommended) weight.
Mundasad, S. (2017). ‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’. London: BBC Health News, May 17th 2017.
‘Fat but fit’ still at higher risk of heart disease. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, May 17th 2017.
There is a press release, too, but as yet no formal publication:
EurekAlert! (2017). Study of 3.5 million people shows ‘healthy’ obese people are still at higher risk of cardiovascular disease events than the general population. EurekAlert! European Association for the Study of Obesity; European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017), May 16th 2017.
October 2017 Update: Proposed Hospitals Ban on High-Calorie Fast Foods and Snacks
Public Health England (PHE) wants hospitals to play their role in addressing obesity:
Hospitals in England to ban ‘super-size’ chocolate bars. London: BBC Health News, October 16th 2017.
Obesity Statistics From the OECD
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found Britain to be the “most obese nation” in Western Europe, with obesity rates having doubled over two decades, and 63% of UK adults being overweight,
UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD. London: BBC Health News, November 11th 2017.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
The is a charity, Beat, which provides help for persons with Binge Eating Disorder (and a range of other eating disorders).
Ives, L. (2018). ‘I’d binge on Nutella, eating a giant tub a week’. London: BBC Health News, September 29th 2018.
Epidemiology of the Double Burden of Malnutrition
Statistics on the so-called “Double Burden”; where overweight and undernourished people co-occur locally.
Hawkesworth, S. [and] Keir, L. (2018). The places where too many are fat and too many are thin. London: BBC Health News / Wellcome, October 24th 2018.
Obesity Reduces Life Expectancy: With an Obesity Paradox
Persons at the top and the bottom ends of the BMI spectrum tend to have shorter lives.
Westbrook, I. (2018). Being too fat or too thin ‘can cost four years of life’. London: BBC Health News, October 31st 2018.
Possibly of interest:
Restrictions on laxative sales in the UK to stop misuse. London: BBC Health News, August 18th 2020.
Possible Reason Why Obesity is Associated With Elevated Cancer Risk
Over one in 20 cancer cases (estimated 22,800 cases per year in the UK) could be caused by excess body weight, according to Cancer Research UK.
Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer. London: BBC Health News, November 12th 2018.