The number of people in England suffering from obesity has almost doubled in the last 20 years to 13 million, just under 30% of the population.
Health experts said that the dramatic increase in the number of dangerously obese people was a direct indictment of the government's inability to cope with the obesity crisis.
While in 1997 about 6.96 million people aged 1
For the same period, the proportion of people over 16 who have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30 – the definition of obesity – also increased sharply from 18% to 29%.
in obesity is added to the tension of the NHS because it leads to more patients needing care for related conditions such as cancer, heart attack and stroke, as well as knee replacement.
"Increasing obesity in England is troubling and shines a raw and necessary light on the need for urgent, decisive action by government and industry to make our society healthier," says Chris Askeu, CEO Diabetes UK.
The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of health and medical groups, said increasing the prevalence of foods high in fat, salt or sugar has been an important factor.
"Over the last 20 years, our nutrition the environment is inundated with high-calorie and processed foods and now we pay the price with our health, "said Caroline Cerny, AHA Alliance Alliance.
The number of people suffering from obesity reached 10 million for the first time in 2008. Since then, it has increased again to the 13 million observed in 2017, according to Diabetes UK calculations.
The charity obtained the data using statistics from the annual Health Su revision for England, showing the percentage of obese population, to data from the National Statistics Office for the population of England every year since 1997
. " People want to make healthier choices. But without bold action to support this at the public level, people remain confused, stigmatized and unsupported, ”Askeu added. "It's easy to blame people, but we have to look at the environment in which we all exist in order to understand how we have gotten so far. And we need bold guidance from the very top to turn the tide into obesity and type 2 diabetes. "
Rachel Bathram, Special Advisor to the Royal College of Obesity Physicians, said:" This report offers a truly striking picture not only drastically reduces the quality of life of people, it often leads to devastating diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers and causes premature death. a chronic, progressive disease driven by factors such as genetics, inequalities in the environment and health.
"Governments, not individuals, can influence the nutrient environment through regulation and taxation, and through control of availability and accessibility."  Obesity represents 80% to 85% of a person's chance of developing type 2 diabetes, according to Diabetes UK.
The prevalence of obesity is accompanied by a sharp increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that there are 3.7 million diabetics in England, although those 850,000 do not know they have it, the charity said.
Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, warned that "obesity is the new smoking" and called for bolder action to reduce sugar intake and promote healthier diets.