Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common health condition, both in the UK and across the world. Currently there are over three million people in the UK living with diabetes, and type 2 makes up 90% of these cases. Furthermore, it is estimated that almost one million Brits are living with the condition undiagnosed.
Although the exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, there are known risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The main trigger for the condition is being overweight or obese. And, as we all know, the primary cause of obesity is consuming more calories than you can burn off.
In the infographic below, we've highlighted a few of the most troubling statistics concerning obesity. Did you know that the UK is ranked third in Western Europe for overweight/obese citizens? Even more worryingly, one in five UK children is now classed as obese.
The question of how we can tackle this growing crisis is a difficult one. It seems that every day, there is a different news story about the causes of obesity and the best ways to diet and exercise. Ultimately, however, it comes down to the individual to find out what works best for them. Generally, making sure you burn off more calories than you consume is a good way to start. This means eating a healthy, balanced diet, as well as engaging in regular, moderate intensity exercise such as jogging, swimming or tennis for two or three hours a week.
Other options for obesity treatment include prescription medications, psychological support and, in some cases, weight loss surgery may be recommended.
World Diabetes Day is an annual event that takes place on 14th November to raise awareness around the condition. The theme this year is "off to the right start", which emphasises the importance of beginning your day with a healthy breakfast. Starting as you mean to go on each day, with a balanced, meal, is an important way to ensure you maintain a healthy weight and do not put yourself at increased risk of developing diabetes.
For more about obesity treatments, visit our weight loss information page.