Obesity and Exercise

Obesity is a chronic relapsing disease characterised by increased body fat. It affects 1:4 adults and 1:5 children aged 10-11.

That is 25% of ALL adults and 20% of 10-11 year olds!

The cause put simply is an imbalance of energy intake and energy expenditure (FDA) but other factors may increase the likelihood of obesity. These can include:

  • Endocrine and hypothalamic disorders
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Diet
  • Environmental factors such as lifestyle and levels of physical activity
  • Genetics/hereditary Health conditions such as polycystic ovaries
  • Psychological factors

The cost to the UK government is £6.1 billion in health care costs and £27 billion within the economy.

Obesity is responsible for 30,000 deaths each year and can reduce life expectancy by 9 years!

But exercise can help…

The benefits of exercise and obesity are

  • Cardiovascular fitness improves
  • Risk of heart diseases reduces
  • Lung function improves
  • Overall discomfort improves with reduced fat mass and improved muscle mass.