1.2 million of us became overweight or obese over Christmas

Over the Christmas holidays 1.2 million people in the UK moved into the

overweight or obese categories, new research has shown.

Research by LighterLife showed that although over a third of people were worried about gaining weight, the nation has piled on the pounds over the festive period and many will now be struggling to lose the weight.

We all know that obesity is a rising problem in the UK, but did you know that by 2050 it’s predicted that 50% of women and 60% of men will be obese?

How do I know if I’m overweight or obese?

If you have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29 you’re overweight and if your BMI is over 30, you’re classed as obese. Use our BMI calculator to work out your BMI.

Why should I be worried about obesity?

Being overweight or obese can lead to other problems like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Over 1 in 10 children aged 2 to 10 years old in England alone are obese and it’s predicted that by 2050 25% of kids will be obese.

What can I do if I’m overweight or obese?

There’s plenty you can do to get your weight back on track, like shifting the extra pounds with exercise, healthy eating and eating in moderation. By teaming a balanced diet with keeping fit you’ll be able to lose weight and keep it off. You may also consider a gastric band or need expert help from your local GP, who can help with related factors like depression.

More help and advice on obesity

Everything you need to know about obesity

Gastric band operation: The facts

Identifying obesity in children