Obesity Threatens Women's Health in Great Britain

 

Obesity is the biggest threat to English women. The chief medical officer of the U.K., Sally Davies,  says that obese women have a shorter life expectancy than others. According to her new report , over half of British women between 34 and 54 years of age were classified as obese.

Health experts warn that the food industry should do more to produce healthier food, as well as beverages with less sugar. Others even demand a tax on sugary drinks and food that contains too much fat. Eating disorders , like anorexia or bulimia should be treated at a very early age. Such disorders are more common in women than in men. Obesity increases the risk of diseases, including diabetescancer, high blood pressure  and heart problems.

This year's report states that obese women who are expecting a baby are in danger of losing their child. Obesity also has an impact on how a child's life develops. The report adds that healthier women during pregnancy have better chances of having healthier children later on in life.

 

While excessive smoking and drinking alcohol are still major problems in Great Britain, obesity is at least as dangerous. But the public doesn't seem to give it the same attention as other threats. Britain's chief medical officer says that obesity should be included in national risk plans. That would make it as important as terrorism or climate change .

 

Obese women at a playground

Obese women at a playground - Image: ParentingPatch

 

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Words

  • according to = as said by
  • add= to also say
  • anorexia = a mental illness that makes someone stop eating
  • attention = interest in something
  • beverage = hot or cold drink
  • blood pressure = the force or speed with which blood flows through your body
  • bulimia = an illness in which a person eats too much and then throws up in order to control their weight
  • cancer = disease in which cells in your body start to grow in a way that is not normal
  • chief = most important
  • classify = to put into a group or category
  • climate change = when the atmosphere of our earth becomes warmer and warmer
  • common = widespread, popular
  • contain = to have in it
  • demand = ask for
  • diabetes = disease in which there is too much sugar in your blood
  • disease = illness
  • eating disorder = when you do not eat a normal amount of food and you get ill because of this
  • excessive = strong, heavy
  • impact = effect, result
  • include = to be a part of
  • increase = to go up; become more
  • life expectancy = the number of years an average person will live
  • major = very important
  • pregnancy = when a woman is expecting a baby
  • public = people in general
  • obesity = the situation of being overweight
  • state = when a document says something
  • sugary = with a lot of sugar
  • tax = here: money you must pay to the government when you buy something in a store
  • threat = danger