If you're struggling to shake off those last few pounds, things could be worse. Much worse. You could, for instance, be one of the 5.5 million people in this country who's classified as obese (that's around one in ten of all adults and an increase of 265,000 compared with this time last year).
Eating unhealthily and not being active enough are to blame, says the charity, which described the figures - collected from GP practices from April 2009 to March 2010 - as 'shocking'.
If nothing is done to stem the tide of obesity and diabetes, the experts warn, there could be serious implications for public health. The cost of treating diabetes alone, says Diabetes UK, is already around £9 billion a year.
So what can you do to reduce your risk? Losing weight will of course take you out of the obese category as well as reduce your risk of developing diabetes. And to achieve that you have to exercise more and eat a healthier diet, say experts.
Why do you think obesity (and therefore diabetes) is on the rise in the UK? Is it really always down to not getting enough exercise and eating too much?
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