British girls are the fattest in Europe

British girls are the fattest in Europe

British girls are the fattest in Europe according to a new study published in the Lancet.

The study, conducted by the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, found that nearly one-third (29.2%) of UK girls under the age of 20 are overweight or obese – the highest percentage of all the 22 countries in Western Europe.

Although only 8% of those girls were clinically obese – which is defined as having a body mass index over 30 – the study shows that the trend in obesity in young people is still rising.

The good news is that the rise in adult obesity appears to be slowing down, providing some hope that the obesity epidemic might have peaked in developed countries.

However, the study revealed that 57% of older British women are still overweight or obese – third highest after Iceland and Malta – and 66% of British men are fat – giving them fifth place in the Europe ‘fat league’.

Is fast food really to blame?

John Newton, chief knowledge officer at the government agency, Public Health England, said that the ‘worrying’ prevalence of obesity among British girls was partly due to peer pressure to eat fast food.

He told The Times: “We have to look at the environment in which people are living, and the constant pressure to eat unhealthy food means things are particularly a problem for girls more than boys.”

He has a point – but the problem goes way beyond the fast food restaurants.

After all, whilst its true that a McDonalds Quarter Pounder meal and large fries adds 920 calories to your daily intake, a TGI Fridays Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad weighs in at 860 calories.

That’s almost as many calories as a Wetherspoons’ traditional breakfast with black pudding (901 calories) and puts it in the same ballpark as a Wagamamas’ chicken katsu curry (800 calories).

And salad is supposed to be the healthy option, right?

But even a ‘light’ lunch – say a Pret a Manger ham and egg bloomer with mayo (599 calories) or a Subway tuna wrap (498 calories) – can contain more calories than the McDonalds Quarter Pounder alone (490 calories).

You see, the problem is that we are surrounded by high calorie food often masquerading as a ‘healthy option’, and most of us are so out of touch with our bodies that we genuinely can’t tell if we are hungry or not.

Instead, we eat because it’s a mealtime, we finish our plate because it’s polite, and we snack to treat ourselves or because we feel the snack is ‘calling us’.

The problem is, we are creatures of habit, and unless you take charge of your automatic, unthinking, habitual behaviours and change your destructive or unhelpful thought patterns, you’ll be doomed to an endless cycle of yo-yo dieting and disappointment.

Losing weight for good starts with the mind

After all, only when you understand what you are doing and why, can you begin to change those automatic patterns of behaviour.

DietAssist is designed to give you a good understanding of the most common thinking patterns which scupper our efforts to lose weight and gives you the tools and techniques you need to change.

And once your mind starts working with you, rather than against you, you can lose weight more easily than you ever imagined.

So if you find yourself eating out of habit, or when you aren’t hungry, then we think you might be a good fit for DietAssist and you might want to check out our free weight loss video

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