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Chief medical officer publishes annual report on state of the public’s health

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Chief medical officer publishes annual report on state of the public’s health

Being overweight is becoming normal as the majority of our adult population is overweight or obese, according to a report by chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.

Her concern is based on data showing that – taking into account average height and weight – the average man and woman in England is overweight. This brings with it an increased risk of diabetes, strokes and other health problems. The report highlights studies that show some people who are overweight believe they are “about the right weight”.

The Chief Medical Officer’s Surveillance report is the first of two volumes of her annual report and is a compendium of data covering a number of public health areas.