Half of UK Believe They're Overweight Says New Philips Survey

By Philips, PRNE
Friday, January 21, 2011

LONDON, January 23, 2011 - To coincide with National Obesity Week, Philips has today
launched a special report revealing that 54% of UK residents consider
themselves to be overweight. The Weight and Exercise Special Report, part of
the Philips Health and Wellbeing Index, looking into perceptions of obesity
and exercise across the UK also highlighted that 60% of women felt

At a time when many are turning their minds to ways of
combating Christmas overindulgence, two thirds of those questioned claimed
that they did not exercise often as they should and only 15% of those who are
overweight would consider entering a diet programme.

In news that might interest the architects of David Cameron's
Happiness Survey, 46% of people who consider themselves overweight are also
unhappy with their general levels of wellbeing and 48% said their overall
feeling of wellbeing has deteriorated over the last five years. Furthermore,
a third highlighted depression as a potential threat to their health.

As the National Obesity Forum embarks on another awareness
week, 58% of people are concerned about being obese. Despite this, our survey
shows that over 80% do not see diseases usually associated with obesity, such
as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, as a threat to their health.

The Philips Index is based on an online survey conducted in
the United Kingdom among a nationally representative sample of 3,053 adults.
The survey was conducted in over 20 markets worldwide.

For further information please contact: Emma Jacobs, Emma.jacobs at ketchumpleon.com, +44(0)20-7611-3693

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