Half of middle aged Brits face diabetes, heart disease and cancer caused by being overweight

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HALF of middle aged Brits are at risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer because they are too fat.

Women face the greatest threat with 61 per cent aged 55 to 64 having “very high” waist measurements.

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Just over half of women aged between 45 and 54 have 34in or above waistlines – deemed too large by NHS chiefs.

For men 46 per cent of 55 to 64-year-olds have “very high” measurements.

Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, told the Daily Mail: “Carrying extra pounds also places a strain on the NHS with rising hospital admissions and the wasteful costs they bring.”


He warned the shocking statistics were a “growing sign” of Britain’s obesity crisis and said hundreds of thousands of people were at risk of “deadly and debilitating diseases”.

The NHS defines waistlines as being ‘very high’ if they are 34in (88cm) or above for women, the equivalent of dress size 18, and 40in (102cm) or over for men, an XXXL in clothing size.

A “desirable” waistline is that of less than 31in (80cm) for women and less than 37in (94cm) for men.

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