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Weight-loss coach Steve Miller believes we should use the word 'fat' more often…
When he was in his 30s, a friend told him he was overweight. While it was a 'horrible shock', he said 'it was also the kindest thing she could have said’.
So, should we tell someone that they are overweight?
It is our duty to tell someone close to us that they are overweight so we can give they a more lengthy life, of course, only if they are an unhealthy weight. I think if you notice someone close to you is too thin or may be struggling with an eating disorder you should also speak to them about it.
Obesity costs the NHS an average of £4.2 billion per annum, on average. NHS figures also show that 58 percent of women in the UK are overweight or obese, which is much more than the amount of severely underweight women in the UK.
Government statistics tell us only three things are more likely to kill you than obesity: smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol. And being fat contributes to the last two. It is also linked to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
“I speak from a position of first-hand experience, having been a fatty in denial myself. Twelve years ago, when I was in my 30s, I piled on four stone.”
His friend, who he had not seen in a while, told him he was overweight, and he had to do something about it. He changed his diet and started exercising more, managing to quickly achieve a more healthy stature.
“I recall the first time I told a woman she was fat. The business high-flyer in her 40s told me her size 20 figure was stopping her from finding love.
I told her what no friend had ever dared: that she was right.
Then she thanked me for being the first person to ever tell her she was fat. A year on, she was a size 12 and in a relationship.”
19.1% of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11) are obese and a further 14.2% are overweight
£25,000 is being spent by the NHS on diabetes every minute