The NHS have been talking about people being overweight (fat) for a long time. Now, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says all overweight people need to lose 3% of their body weight (for example, if you weigh 15st 10lb, you need to lose about half a stone) and make sure they stay healthier in the future.
Why do people need to lose 3% of their body weight? NICE say being overweight makes the risk of high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and some types of cancer worse. If people lose 3% of their weight, their risk of poor health will reduce.
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- A healthy BMI score is anywhere between 18.5 and 24.9
- In England, 6 out of 10 of adults are overweight – this means their BMI is higher than 25
- In England, 1 in 4 adults are obese (this means their BMI is higher than 30)
- If someone is obese (their BMI is over 30) they will probably die early, maybe four years earlier compared to if they were healthy.
- If someone is very obese (their BMI is over 40) they will probably die really early, maybe ten years earlier compared to if they were healthy.
SignHealth’s Sick Of It Report
This year, after five years of research, we launched the results of Sick Of It, a study that focused on Deaf people’s health. The study showed that there are huge communication barriers between hearing doctors and Deaf patients, and that doctors are more likely not to diagnose health conditions in Deaf people. That means…
- Deaf people are twice as likely as everyone else to have high blood pressure and not know it. (High blood pressure is one of the major causes of heart attacks and strokes.)
- Almost one in twelve Deaf people have higher than normal blood sugar levels, a warning sign for diabetes.
Modern healthcare relies on people being given information and then making healthy choices, but Deaf people are not being given the information they need. To help Deaf people manage their health better, they need access to information in their first language, BSL.
If you are Deaf, please visit our website where you will find health information in BSL. If you are a medical professional, please look at our Sick Of It report and the specialist section of our website, or email for more information.
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