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Obesity a far bigger problem than thought

Figures for the number of overweight or obese adults in the UK drastically underestimate the scale of the problem, say researchers.

Data presented at the National Obesity Forum meeting in London show the current estimate that 66% of UK adults are either overweight or obese is wrong.

Professor Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota said it was ‘significantly worse than we first thought' and that the prevalence was more likely to be around 75%.

He added that GPs should routinely measure the body composition of patients in order not to miss those who should be classified as having a weight problem.

Far more UK residents are obese than official statistics show

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