Cardiovascular consequences of obesity: how will the UK cope?

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Background: Data from the 2012 Health Survey for England show that, in 2010, 26% of men and women were obese, and that 42% of men and 32% of women were overweight. It is estimated that, by 2050, the majority of Britain’s population will be so categorised.

Approaches to intervention: In the UK, the costs of dealing with the adverse consequences of obesity have been estimated to be £5 billion per annum, a figure that will double by 2050.

A Royal College of Physician’s working party has made several key recommendations, including the designation of a “strong but politically independent” person in a government role to coordinate the work of departments that could have an impact on obesity, and drive a coordinated strategy to counter obesity.

Conclusions: Prevalence of obesity is increasing and is associated with premature cardiovascular and other diseases. We need to increase investment in obesity research and better educate healthcare professionals in the provision of care for individuals with overweight or obesity issues.

Keywords: Obesity, overweight, NHS, working party, diabetes, healthcare, nutrition, RCP

Citation: Purcell H. Cardiovascular consequences of obesity: how will the UK cope? Drugs in Context 2013;212247. doi: 10.7573/dic.212247

Provenance: Invited, externally peer reviewed

DatesSubmitted: 15 January 2013; Accepted, subject to peer review: 17 January 2013; Published: 4 February 2013

Copyright: © 2013 Purcell H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Deed CC BY NC ND 3.0 which allows anyone to copy, distribute and transmit the article provided it is properly attributed in the manner specified below. No other uses without permission.

Correct attribution: Copyright © 2013 Purcell H. Published by Drugs in Context under Creative Commons Attribution License Deed CC BY NC ND 3.0.

CorrespondenceHenry Purcell MB PhD, Senior Fellow in Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK

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