Humen are putting on weight- and the diagnosis is grim | Neil Boom

Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom

More men are developing kind 2 diabetes. I knew I was at risk, but I required a nudge, writes Neil Boom, managing director of Gresham PR

Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom

Men, be alerted. It seems we are not taking very good care of ourselves. Many of us are overweight and we are paying the price with poorer health. Research by charity the Men’s Health Forum received men were over 25% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than females. Shockingly, nearly one in ten men are now suffering from this cancer.

The research also found that humen were more than twice as likely to have a major amputation. Almost 70% of people presenting with a foot ulcer caused by type 2 diabetes are men. It gets grimmer. Untreated, type 2 diabetes kills, and it is now killing proportionately more men than ever, according to the study.

We can’t ignore the facts that health messages are not getting through to many humen. We are developing problems such as type 2 diabetes through a combination of obesity- apparently the UK is the sixth fattest nation in the world- and a woeful lack of exert. In March, the NHS’s annual review of obesity said one in four adults in England took less than 30 minutes of moderate exercising a week, compared to the recommended 150 minutes.

Is being overweight abruptly socially acceptable for men? Without the social stigma, is it now OK to be obese? Worryingly, Men’s Health Forum says that more than half of overweight humen guess their weight is fine.

We are all too familiar with the social pressures on girls and women to be slim( and beautiful ), and how this causes crippling nervousnes leading to terrible eating disorder and self-harm. Surely, men can choose a healthy menu that avoids obesity, leading to poor health, without a diet of weight obsession leading to sickness?

What the report didn’t reveal was info relating to men’s ages or social backgrounds. It strikes me the vital missing ingredient is the extent to which our attitudes to health and weight depend on our friendship groups, ages and jobs. A friend I train with at the gym plays weekly five-a-side football with his mates and says they’re all fit and take their health and fitness seriously. None are overweight.

Most of my friends are middle aged like me. As we have got older, we’ve become much more worried about our weight and general health and fitness. Still, there’s usually some sort of catalyst before embarking on a weight loss and exert regime. We all knew and understood the health messages, but required a spur to action before taking them seriously.

For one, for whom diabetes runs in his family, it was coming last in the papas’ race at his son’s school sports day that spurred him to take action. Another friend was prescribed medication for high blood pressure and started to lose weight to assist better manage his condition. A friend who freelances for a living said his spur was the need to look youthful and in good physical shape when pitching for projects, in order to radiate vitality and demonstrate capability to cope with the slog. For another mate, it was simply the approach of a significant birthday, and with it a little bit of taking stock.

My catalyst was the kindness of male friends, by which I mean they took the mickey out me for being fat and unfit. In my late 30 s and early 40 s my weight had increased slowly. By my mid-4 0s it had jumped from a lithe 12 stone to a porky 15.5, and was showing no signs of stopping there. Long hours at my desk and client networking concentrated around eating and drinking, combined with little routine workout had caught up with me. A health check at the doctor’s told me I was at risk of type 2 diabetes.

It was truly the comments from friends that forced me eventually into to action. One of my more kindly mates remarked that I was a little portly. Others were candidly blunter. Bluster and jokes are fairly typical routes that men get serious phases over, but behind it I could see some genuine fear for my welfare.

I procured pleasure in a drastic life change. For eight months, out ran all booze, bread, pasta, rice and sugary treats such as chocolate, biscuits and cake. In came work, regular journeys to the gym with a personal trainer, smaller food portions and plenties more fruit and salads. The weight fell off.

We all agree that media messages fostering us to eat healthily and exercise on the whole have gone in. Yet a catalyst is often needed to turn believed into action.

* Neil Boom is managing director of Gresham PR

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Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom
Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom
Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom
Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom
Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom

Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom

Humen Are Putting On Weight- And The Diagnosis Is Grim | Neil Boom

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