Food availability sees men put on a stone in weight

December 27, 2010
Food availability sees men put on a stone in weight
The average male in 2000 was more than a stone heavier than in 1986.

(PhysOrg.com) -- Greater food availability and less exercise made the average man in the year 2000 over a stone heavier than he was in 1986, Oxford University research has shown.

Scientists from Oxford University’s BHF Health Promotion Research Group analysed data on body along with changes in the amount of food people consumed over the 15-year time period.

Dr Peter Scarborough of the Department of Public Health at Oxford University, who led the research, said: ‘We looked at how much food was available over time, accounting for food that’s wasted or thrown away. It’s clear people are eating more, and today we’re seeing a continued increase in the amount of food available.’

The British Heart Foundation-funded research is published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers found that the average man in 2000 ate more food than the average 1986 man – in theory enough to make him 4.7kg heavier.

But the actual observed increase in average male weight of 7.7kg was much more than expected from the extra food available to men in 2000.

The researchers conclude that a reduction in physical activity is behind the increased weight, as well as the extra .

‘There could be a number of reasons for the reduction in exercise,’ says Dr Scarborough. ‘One partial explanation could be that men spend more of their working lives sitting at desks now – manual careers are less common than they used to be.’

Bigger men are known to be at higher risk of heart disease. 25 per cent of men in England were classed as obese in 2008, the most recent data available, compared with only around 7 per cent in 1986/7.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘This research suggests a ticking time bomb for male health, and underlines the importance of both regular exercise and a balanced diet in keeping your weight down and your heart healthy. The number of obese is not going down.

‘Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and stroke and contributes to premature death and poor quality of life.’

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bfast
4.3 / 5 (7) Dec 27, 2010
A stone? Why have such a cryptic headline. The "stone" is even no longer formally in use in Britain, let alone the rest of the English speaking world. A stone = 14 lbs, in case google is too hard to get to.
tigger
5 / 5 (4) Dec 27, 2010
A stone = 6.35 kilograms (for those of us who have moved onto the far more sensible metric system)
A2G
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 28, 2010
They should also factor in that British food is crap. But in the recent years the British are starting to eat more food from outside of the UK. Therefore if it actually tastes good, you will tend to eat more and get fatter.
CarolinaScotsman
not rated yet Dec 28, 2010
A stone? Why have such a cryptic headline. The "stone" is even no longer formally in use in Britain, let alone the rest of the English speaking world. A stone = 14 lbs, in case google is too hard to get to.

Perhaps the editors are still in the "stone" age.
Quantum_Conundrum
1 / 5 (1) Dec 28, 2010
Stick around. As computers become ridiculously powerful over the next 12 years, and figure a few years for software to catch up with hardware, since hardware is way ahead of software lately, and the technology to be distributed among out manufacturing industries, the degree of automation will be so much higher it's mind boggling. Even the farmers are automating more and more, as evidenced by a recent article. Automated lawn mowers, automated broom/vaccuum bots, and other household and workplace automations will eventually remove the vast, vast majority of human employees, entire groups of job descriptions really, from the equation all together.

All of this will combine to mean that the average person will do virtually no manual work in their life ever again.
baudrunner
not rated yet Dec 28, 2010
Roll over to reveal a new you, indeed.

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