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Male obesity

Managing obesity in men

In the UK, it’s estimated that around one in every four adults is obese, with research suggesting that ratio is likely to increase over time. Obesity is associated with a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions including stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer.

Although men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women, they are less likely to join weight-loss programmes, and have a lower chance of attaining a healthy body weight than obese women. 

Obese man doing exercise

What motivates men to lose weight?

Research suggests a number of factors might help men to join weight-loss programmes.

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Blood pressure being taken on overweight person

Which programmes work?

Why are some programmes more successful than others in helping men to lose weight?

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Obese man on exercise ball

About the evidence

Find out more about the studies in this area and how their findings fit with current guidance. 

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66%

of men in the UK are overweight or obese, compared to 58% of women.

1 in 210

chance of an obese man returning to a healthy body weight.

£6.3bn

estimated direct cost to the NHS of obesity.

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