The number of obesity-related deaths in Britain has increased by 35% since 2003, according to an article published in the Independent.
The article states that “obesity was cited on death certificates as a contributing factor in 1,203 deaths in England and Wales in 2007, highlighting how the incidence of related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and blood clots continues to rise alarmingly.”
Since many obesity-related deaths are not recorded on death certificates, some fear that the problem is far more epidemic than people realize. Opposition leaders in Britain are blaming those in power for failing to effectively deal with the nation’s obesity problem, and are attempting to bring the issue to the forefront.
Norman Lamb, a health spokesman for Britain’s Liberal Democrats, said in a statement that “this is the first indication that the worst possible consequence of the obesity epidemic is with us now.”
He went on to say:
“We already knew that obesity has led to an increase in very serious conditions, but these figures now show us that obesity is having an impact on death rates right now. The big worry is that if the epidemic is not brought under control, we could see life expectancy drop for the first time in decades. I don't believe these figures can be written off by claims of better recording. I fear this is a sign of things to come.”
In addition, doctors are reportedly looking for ways to better document instances of obesity-related death and assess whether current preventative measures are actually working.
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