For some reason, carrying excess weight is far more socially acceptable for men than for women. Personally, I dislike the look of a fat person—man or woman. That is my fatal flaw. I'll deal with it. I know it's hard to cut down on eating. At the age of 71 years, I don't need to eat as much as I did when fit and active. I've cut back drastically, while still eating nutritious food. My arms and legs are slim, and yet I can't shift a rounded stomach.
But back to the figures.
A study, carried out by the University of London, measured the body mass index of almost 10,000 people in their early forties. But 30 per cent of obese men believed they were ‘about the right weight’, while only nine per cent of women were happy with their size.
The researchers also found that men and women born in 1970 are more likely to be obese at 42 than those born in 1958 were at the same age because of the rise of high-calorie ready meals, frozen foods and takeaways.
At the same time, nearly a third of women and a quarter of men do no vigorous exercise in a typical week. The fact that men exercise more than women in their normal daily lives suggests that poor diet is a key factor affecting men’s weight in particular.
Fat in normal women represents between 18% and 20% of body weight, whereas in men it represents only 10% to 15%. The reason for this difference is that women, at some point in their lives, may nourish a fetus and then a baby from their own reserves, so women have to stock energy in the form of fat in anticipation of future pregnancies.
It looks as if fast, convenient food causes obesity. Most people know this, and yet those with busy lives and tired minds can't work up the energy to cook proper meals. Jamie Oliver, a London chef who has toured America, has shown how to cook a meal in 15 minutes on numerous television programs. Taking inspiration from around the world, Jamie produces delicious, nutritious, super-fast food that's perfect for busy people.
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