6 in 10 Brits think they are overweight

British people’s views on their weight seem to match official statistics, with nearly 6 in 10 considering themselves overweight, according to a new survey.

The survey of 3,379 adults by YouGov for Good Morning Britain found that 59% of Brits feel overweight, compared to official figures that show 67.1% of men and 57.2% of women are actually classed this way.

More than half (54%) of the people surveyed have used a diet to help them lose weight.

Of these, 44% managed to lose some weight but put it back on soon after.

Mental and physical effects

Being overweight can cause a number of related conditions from diabetes to joint pain.

The Good Morning Britain survey discovered that overweight people suffered the following problems:

  • Back pain: 24%
  • Joint pain: 23%
  • High blood pressure: 19%
  • Asthma or shortness of breath: 11%

The mental effects of weight gain were also revealed with 49% saying that being overweight makes them feel unhappy.

More than 4 in 10 (41%) also don’t want their children to be overweight, even if it makes them personally less happy.

Exercise and lifestyle

The survey also looked at the factors involved in weight gain and what people are doing to lose weight.

It found that just over a quarter (28%) are not doing any exercise at all, while more than half (56%) have ready meals at least once a week.

In total, 14% say they do not drink any water at all, while 52% of smokers tried to give up in the past 5 years. 


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