The average British man has piled up more between 1986 and 2000, according to a study published by Oxford University. This research reveals a remarkable level of weight-gain among British men who are eating more and exercising less. This weight gain is partly attributed to sedentary lifestyle like watching television.
The study that was funded by The British Heart Foundation (BHF) pointed out that this unhealthy weight gain increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Scientists analyzing changes in food consumption found that during the 15years, an increase in food intake accounted for a 7.7kg (17 pounds) increase in the average male's weight. This was much more than expected due to the extra calories consumed and reduction in physical activity. The study found that increased weight of women during the same period was 5.4kg (12 pounds). Weight gain among men was due to poor diet and a lack of exercise, while women have piled up by because of excessive eating.
More than half of all adults in England are either overweight or obese. In 2008 25% men were classed as obese as compared to 7% in 1986/7