25/10/2010 06:17 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

One In 10 Brits Is Obese

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).

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The figures have just been released by health charity Diabetes UK, which also claims one in 20 people now have diabetes (150,000 more than there were a year ago). Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 90% of diabetics, is believed to be linked with being overweight, so it should be no surprise that when one increases, so does the other.

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.

If you're struggling with dieting, find out why it's not working for you and what's really making you fat.

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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