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By Emma Morriss
The ambitious strategy ‘A generation to end the harm’ will focus on achieving five key outcomes by 2025:
New analysis released by the charity alongside its strategy shows that the number of people who are obese in England has almost doubled in the last 20 years from 6.9 to 13 million. The figures from the Health Survey for England (1997-2017) estimate that there are now 13 million people over the age of 16 with a BMI of 30 or above which classifies as obese, an increase of more than six million since 1997.
In England, 29% of adults and 20% of 10 to 11 year olds are living with obesity and, although it’s not the only factor, obesity is the most significant risk factor for new cases of type 2 diabetes, accounting for 80% to 85% of someone’s risk.
Diabetes UK says it’s the main driver behind the leap in type 2 diabetes cases over the last 20 years. There are an estimated 2.85 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England, and more than 850,000 living with the condition who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed − bringing the total number up to 3.7 million.
The charity says that obesity is also contributing to the increase in gestational diabetes and the worrying rise in young people with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is serious because it can lead to devastating and life-limiting complications. People with the condition are two and half times more likely to have a heart attack, and four times more likely to experience kidney failure than those without it.
More than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed, and in turn the risk of developing the related complications, by tackling overweight and obesity. Diabetes UK is therefore calling for sustained government and industry action on health and obesity.
Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Through our new strategy we’re restating our commitment to tackling the diabetes crisis on all fronts.
“We’re facing an urgent public health problem. Tackling this requires ambitious and sustained action from national governments, across sectors and departments. That’s because, right now, it’s hard to be healthy.
“We will keep challenging government and industry to put in place regulations and practices that make healthy choices easier for everyone, including making food and drinks healthier, and addressing the marketing and promotion of unhealthy foods.
“Without action, more people will develop type 2 and gestational diabetes – but with more awareness, government action and the right investment and support, we can change this.”