Love them or hate them, the tabloids always get straight to the point. Today Emma Morton, the Sun’s Science Editor, asks “Why Are British Women So Fat?”.
This is a question that nutritionists and health researchers have been asking for a few years now. What is the real cause of obesity? We all know that eating too much food and not exercising leads to obesity, but why are some people more likely to eat too much? What is the root cause of the obesity epidemic?
First, some of the statistics that were revealed by Emma Morton today:
- British women are more likely to be over 30 stone than in any other European country
- Average body mass index is now 26.9. This means that the average women is overweight, being a healthy weight is now restricted to the monorities
- 30 years ago the average BMI of a woman was 24.2, which is the top end of the healthy weight range which is BMI 18.5–24.9.
Something about British culture has made its women fatter. Some studies have indicated that more working mothers has led to increased weights as mums are too busy to prepare healthy food and instead drive to the supermarket and grab convenience food. Many years ago the average woman would spend hours shopping each day, then walking back home, cooking and cleaning. Now it is all work and then junk food.
What is your opinion on this? Why are British women the fattest in Europe? Will British women soon overtake the mighty American women?