Thursday, 16 February 2012

Big Fat Liar

According to an article I read yesterday, most of us exist on a diet of porky pies.....get it?! According to a recent poll, women tell 500 lies a year about what they eat and how much they weigh. Thats at least one a day. Basically we eat far more than we are prepared to admit. Apparently, those people who are overweight will either not admit to being fat or are completely oblivious to the problem.

24% of the UK population are obese. Thats nearly a quarter of us - 1 in 4. Only 6% of people will identify themselves with being obese. Two out of three people in this population are either overweight of obese and therefore average is not a good measure of what is healthy. Also, 220 million people around the world have diabetes.

Those are, in my view, some shocking statistics.


  1. These statistics are more than likely based on BMI, which is a load of rubbish. I feel it is incredibly dangerous for young girls who see articles and feel they need to be skinnier that average, because average is overweight. These articles use BMI which judges everybody as if they have been made exactly the same, not taking into account things like muscle mass. Still, if you take the average of the UK population, it is a healthy weight. Obviously of course, there is a massive problem with obesity, which needs to be addressed promptly. I just think, being someone that has battled with an ed, that this could be easily misinterpreted. It's dangerous to think that you need to be skinner than more than half of the people around you.

    1. Thank you so much for your point and I totally agree that I think BMI is a very meaningless number. I can also see that this could be easily misinterpreted and I am sorry if it came across the wrong way.