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.
Research suggests a number of factors might help men to join weight-loss programmes.
Why are some programmes more successful than others in helping men to lose weight?
of men in the UK are overweight or obese, compared to 58% of women.
chance of an obese man returning to a healthy body weight.
estimated direct cost to the NHS of obesity.
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