The towns and cities in Hampshire where two thirds are obese

Daily Echo: Neary two thirds of people in city are obese Neary two thirds of people in city are obese

NEARLY two thirds of people living in Southampton, the New Forest, and Eastleigh are overweight, new figures have revealed.

Data released by Public Health England shows the number of adults who are overweight or obese across the three districts are above the national average.

The Active People Survey, which was collected by Sport England, was launched as part of Public Health England's mission to protect and improve the nation's health and address inequalities through working with national and local government, the NHS, industry, and the voluntary and community sector.

The shock figures come after the Daily Echo launched its Staying Alive campaign, which urges people to take active steps to overhaul their diet and fitness regimes to prevent the likelihood of a premature death.

The survey revealed a total of 64.8 per cent of people in Southampton are overweight or obese, while that figure increased to 68.6 per cent in the New Forest.

In Eastleigh, a total of 67.9 per cent of the population are overweight or obese.

Further afield, Winchester scored a below national average of 58.5 per cent, while Gosport recorded one of the highest percentages in the country with 72.9 per cent.

The national average by local authority is 63.8 per cent.

Hampshire came 14th highest out of 27 county councils with 65.1 per cent of people overweight or obese, but came out as the fattest authority the Wessex region.

Public Health England says the figures, which were collected in 2012, are “worryingly high” and an overweight or obese population can be influenced by a variety of factors including social and economic deprivation and age.

The health body stressed people who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

It determines if people are overweight or obese using the body mass index (BMI), which is calculated using a person's weight and height.

The obesity crisis costs the NHS £5.1b a year, according to the National Audit Office (NAO), and affects a person's ability to work and their underlying mental health.

A spokesman for Eastleigh Borough Council said it encourages its people to use a wide range of facilities to lead an active lifestyle.

They said: “The council is committed to encouraging its residents to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

“We encourage local people to use the wide range of local facilities that we provide including country parks, leisure centres, dance facilities and open spaces to become more active and improve their health”.

Dr Jim O'Brien, Wessex Public Health England centre director said: “Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Wessex by supporting our local authorities to develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight.

“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level. Local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population.

“This new data will enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020. Today's information will help local authorities to understand the extent of the problem in their area and support their on-going efforts to tackle overweight and obesity and improve the health of their local population.”

The amount of people overweight per local authority by percentage:

  • Gosport 72.9%
  • New Forest 68.9%
  • Eastleigh 67.9%
  • Hampshire 65.1%
  • Isle of Wight 64.9%
  • Southampton 64.8%
  • Fareham 64.8%
  • Winchester 58.5%
  • Portsmouth 57.9%

How to work out if you are overweight or obese:

Public Health England used the body mass index (BMI) to determine if a person is overweight or obese.

It is determined by a person's height in ft and inches, and weight in lbs or kgs.

A person's weight is then divided by their height, and then divided by height again to get a BMI score.

People exceeding a BMI number of 25 are overweight.

The health body says obesity among adults increased sharply during the 1990s and 2000s.

By 2050 it is estimated the prevalence of obesity will affect 60 per cent of adult men and 50 per cent of adult women.

The prevalence of obesity among adults has increased sharply during the 1990s and early 2000s.

The proportion who were categorised as obese (BMI 30kg/m2 or over) increased from 13.2% of men in 1993 to 24.4% in 2012 and from 16.4% of women in 1993 to 25.1% in 2012 (HSE).

By 2050 the prevalence of obesity is predicted to affect 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women.

However BMI is limited, as those with a high muscle percentage such as personal trainers, weight lifters  or professional athletes, can be erronesously classfied as obese due to muscle weighing more than fat.

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7:21am Wed 5 Feb 14

Huey says...

Put all unhealthy food in the supermarket down really narrow aisle so only thin folk can get to it
Put all unhealthy food in the supermarket down really narrow aisle so only thin folk can get to it Huey
  • Score: 14

7:27am Wed 5 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

Huey wrote:
Put all unhealthy food in the supermarket down really narrow aisle so only thin folk can get to it
That was funny : )
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Put all unhealthy food in the supermarket down really narrow aisle so only thin folk can get to it[/p][/quote]That was funny : ) KSO16R
  • Score: 1

7:52am Wed 5 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by.
Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine.
Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?
It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin? bigfella777
  • Score: -3

8:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

philiprhampton says...

Does this mean we are the wealthiest, or just use the Food Banks more often ?
Does this mean we are the wealthiest, or just use the Food Banks more often ? philiprhampton
  • Score: -16

8:44am Wed 5 Feb 14

Ellwood says...

............. stay well away from processed foods and don't adhere to mealtimes. Only eat when you are hungry.
............. stay well away from processed foods and don't adhere to mealtimes. Only eat when you are hungry. Ellwood
  • Score: 25

9:02am Wed 5 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag! camerajuan
  • Score: 16

9:19am Wed 5 Feb 14

jackois says...

I can't be the only one who takes these figures with a huge lump of salt.

The use of statistics has got to the point where the users no longer bother to tell you how the data used is gathered. Then a suitably huge 'cost to the nation/heath service/authorities is tacked on and we have an easy few column inches for a cub reporter to use in the press.

This is just another symptom of the desire by those in charge to control every aspect of our lives and seem to have replaced the church with the sermonising.
I can't be the only one who takes these figures with a huge lump of salt. The use of statistics has got to the point where the users no longer bother to tell you how the data used is gathered. Then a suitably huge 'cost to the nation/heath service/authorities is tacked on and we have an easy few column inches for a cub reporter to use in the press. This is just another symptom of the desire by those in charge to control every aspect of our lives and seem to have replaced the church with the sermonising. jackois
  • Score: 4

9:43am Wed 5 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

This is quite clearly inaccurate data as we all know the people of Portsmuff are far fatter and uglier than than the good people of Southampton.
This is quite clearly inaccurate data as we all know the people of Portsmuff are far fatter and uglier than than the good people of Southampton. ToastyTea
  • Score: 14

9:55am Wed 5 Feb 14

dockboy says...

bigfella777 wrote:
It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?
No, I for one would not like to live on or in Sulin.
By the way where is Sulin.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?[/p][/quote]No, I for one would not like to live on or in Sulin. By the way where is Sulin. dockboy
  • Score: -3

10:00am Wed 5 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Nice to see the SKATES are bottom of the table again !!
Nice to see the SKATES are bottom of the table again !! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 1

10:20am Wed 5 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

dockboy wrote:
bigfella777 wrote: It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?
No, I for one would not like to live on or in Sulin. By the way where is Sulin.
Sulin is a small village in Poland. Though you're still a tw@
[quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?[/p][/quote]No, I for one would not like to live on or in Sulin. By the way where is Sulin.[/p][/quote]Sulin is a small village in Poland. Though you're still a tw@ camerajuan
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

LadySam says...

These figures are shocking - over half of each area's population is overweight! What are these people doing to themselves?
These figures are shocking - over half of each area's population is overweight! What are these people doing to themselves? LadySam
  • Score: -6

1:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

George4th says...

ToastyTea wrote:
This is quite clearly inaccurate data as we all know the people of Portsmuff are far fatter and uglier than than the good people of Southampton.
Not judging by many Saints supporters I have seen!
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: This is quite clearly inaccurate data as we all know the people of Portsmuff are far fatter and uglier than than the good people of Southampton.[/p][/quote]Not judging by many Saints supporters I have seen! George4th
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dockboy says...

camerajuan wrote:
dockboy wrote:
bigfella777 wrote: It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?
No, I for one would not like to live on or in Sulin. By the way where is Sulin.
Sulin is a small village in Poland. Though you're still a tw@
Now now, is there any reason to be nasty over a little light-heartedness.
I have always been led to believe that all you fat people were meant to be jolly, but I suppose you’re just angry since your local pie shop moved.

Chins up, it won't be long before there's a fat busting tablet you can take.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It is a really shocking statistic that is linked to the modern lifestyle. Manual work has all but gone,people drive everywhere, convience processed food,leisure facilities axed,a society glued to the TV watching reality rubbish while life passes them by. Why don't people care about themselves anymore? I would hate to be obese,I love the fact that I wake up with so much energy,I don't drink alcohol or pop,I don't ever buy butter or marg, and avoid anything containing sugar plus I cycle every day rain or shine. Come on people do you really want to live the rest of your lives on insulin?[/p][/quote]No, I for one would not like to live on or in Sulin. By the way where is Sulin.[/p][/quote]Sulin is a small village in Poland. Though you're still a tw@[/p][/quote]Now now, is there any reason to be nasty over a little light-heartedness. I have always been led to believe that all you fat people were meant to be jolly, but I suppose you’re just angry since your local pie shop moved. Chins up, it won't be long before there's a fat busting tablet you can take. dockboy
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dockboy says...

camerajuan wrote:
Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha
Keep telling youself that.
Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag![/p][/quote]So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses . dockboy
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Wed 5 Feb 14

george h says...

dockboy wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha
Keep telling youself that.
Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .
Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system.

The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850.

BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI,
Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.
[quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag![/p][/quote]So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .[/p][/quote]Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system. The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850. BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy. george h
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

dockboy wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha
Keep telling youself that.
Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .
I love it how you assume I'm fat from my comment!

I'm overweight according to the BMI scale and the geniuses at Public Health England, luckily according to real life and people who know what fitness actually means, I'd wager I'm fitter, stronger and in better shape than most people in the county!

Keep dreaming your nonsense!
[quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag![/p][/quote]So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .[/p][/quote]I love it how you assume I'm fat from my comment! I'm overweight according to the BMI scale and the geniuses at Public Health England, luckily according to real life and people who know what fitness actually means, I'd wager I'm fitter, stronger and in better shape than most people in the county! Keep dreaming your nonsense! camerajuan
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dockboy says...

george h wrote:
dockboy wrote:
camerajuan wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .
Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system. The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850. BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.
And you sir sound like another fatty coming out with excuse after excuse, it’s not your fault it’s everyone else’s, we’ve heard it all before, I also doubt you are an international rugby player so what’s your excuse, I suppose you’ll blame your feet, can’t keep them out of the pie shop?
[quote][p][bold]george h[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag![/p][/quote]So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .[/p][/quote]Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system. The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850. BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.[/p][/quote]And you sir sound like another fatty coming out with excuse after excuse, it’s not your fault it’s everyone else’s, we’ve heard it all before, I also doubt you are an international rugby player so what’s your excuse, I suppose you’ll blame your feet, can’t keep them out of the pie shop? dockboy
  • Score: -1

4:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

dockboy wrote:
george h wrote:
dockboy wrote:
camerajuan wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .
Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system. The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850. BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.
And you sir sound like another fatty coming out with excuse after excuse, it’s not your fault it’s everyone else’s, we’ve heard it all before, I also doubt you are an international rugby player so what’s your excuse, I suppose you’ll blame your feet, can’t keep them out of the pie shop?
Its so funny how trolls behave when they haven't got a clue!
[quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george h[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag![/p][/quote]So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .[/p][/quote]Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system. The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850. BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.[/p][/quote]And you sir sound like another fatty coming out with excuse after excuse, it’s not your fault it’s everyone else’s, we’ve heard it all before, I also doubt you are an international rugby player so what’s your excuse, I suppose you’ll blame your feet, can’t keep them out of the pie shop?[/p][/quote]Its so funny how trolls behave when they haven't got a clue! camerajuan
  • Score: -3

4:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

rightway says...

I see Godwins law is now replacing Hitler with Trolls
I see Godwins law is now replacing Hitler with Trolls rightway
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

cb9999 says...

george h wrote:
dockboy wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag!
So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha
Keep telling youself that.
Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .
Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system.

The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850.

BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI,
Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.
Absolute rubbish. BMI certainly has shortcomings, but the reason why it is used across the globe is because it DOES work. Obviously not for everyone, but it does for the vast majority - and when averaged across millions of people it certainly does the job more than adequately.

It should be blindingly obvious that this country isn't full of lean athletes skewing the BMI figure - the vast majority of them have excess fat.

Especially as this isn't just reporting a number, it's reporting how that number is changing over time. Unless you're suggesting that year after year we are getting healthier and healthier?
[quote][p][bold]george h[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Why are they using BMI to measure obesity?!?! It doesn't work like that and if the employees of Public Health England think that it does then they should be replaced before they give muscular short people an overweight tag![/p][/quote]So you are short and muscular are you. Ha Ha Ha Keep telling youself that. Don't forget to add heavy bones and large frame to your long list of excuses .[/p][/quote]Oh what a great wit you are Dockboy. Fortunately for you then that numbers of dead brain cells are not a feature of the BMI system. The medical establishment has long acknowledged major shortcomings of BMI, a measure devised by a non-medical polymath and a Belgian amateur inventor in 1850. BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, Many field sportsmen and rugby players would be assessed by the BMI standard as overweight, yet few would dispute their fitness. Probably dock workers too Dockboy.[/p][/quote]Absolute rubbish. BMI certainly has shortcomings, but the reason why it is used across the globe is because it DOES work. Obviously not for everyone, but it does for the vast majority - and when averaged across millions of people it certainly does the job more than adequately. It should be blindingly obvious that this country isn't full of lean athletes skewing the BMI figure - the vast majority of them have excess fat. Especially as this isn't just reporting a number, it's reporting how that number is changing over time. Unless you're suggesting that year after year we are getting healthier and healthier? cb9999
  • Score: -4

1:46am Thu 6 Feb 14

sass says...

Body mass index is a total crock ! Belly fat is a better indicator of health.
This tall, thin, diabetic dropped twenty pounds, back to my teenage weight, to get my blood sugar under control. Sitting at a desk all day is deadly, get moving people.
Body mass index is a total crock ! Belly fat is a better indicator of health. This tall, thin, diabetic dropped twenty pounds, back to my teenage weight, to get my blood sugar under control. Sitting at a desk all day is deadly, get moving people. sass
  • Score: 3

9:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

sass wrote:
Body mass index is a total crock ! Belly fat is a better indicator of health.
This tall, thin, diabetic dropped twenty pounds, back to my teenage weight, to get my blood sugar under control. Sitting at a desk all day is deadly, get moving people.
Someone with sense!

I know a guy who was on my PT course who had a BMI of 28! He also only had 8% body fat and could bench press 125kg, the polar opposite of obese however he would fall into that category thanks to these Einsteins at Public Health England. As would I, with my BMI of 26.5, but I can jump over a car and run 100m in 11secs. How many obese/overweight people d'you know can do that?!?!
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: Body mass index is a total crock ! Belly fat is a better indicator of health. This tall, thin, diabetic dropped twenty pounds, back to my teenage weight, to get my blood sugar under control. Sitting at a desk all day is deadly, get moving people.[/p][/quote]Someone with sense! I know a guy who was on my PT course who had a BMI of 28! He also only had 8% body fat and could bench press 125kg, the polar opposite of obese however he would fall into that category thanks to these Einsteins at Public Health England. As would I, with my BMI of 26.5, but I can jump over a car and run 100m in 11secs. How many obese/overweight people d'you know can do that?!?! camerajuan
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