Recently the University of Sheffield and the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted a study that has revealed that there are 6 types of obese person.
What are the 6 types of obese person?
In the study published in the Journal of Public Health the following types of obese person were identified:
- Young healthy females – who are obese, but are in general good health with few obesity related conditions
- Heavy-drinking males – as above but with a higher intake of alcohol
- Unhappy and anxious middle-aged – most likely female with poor mental health and wellbeing
- Affluent and healthy elderly – Generally healthy but with higher alcohol intake and high blood pressure
- Physically sick but happy elderly – Older but with chronic issues such as osteoarthritis, but good mental health
- Poorest health – economically deprived with the largest number of chronic diseases
What research was undertaken?
Between 2010 and 2012 over 27 thousand people were sent a questionnaires by their GP, with 16% replying.
In total 4,144 of those that replied were obese with a BMI of over 30.
The questions asked related to the age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and any health conditions they were experiencing.
They also asked various behavioural questions too, such as their alcohol intake and whether they were a smoker or not.
Finally they were asked if they were taking any steps to lose weight.
What were the results of the study?
After collating their finding the researchers were able to break down those typically obese into 6 types, which we have mentioned above.
On the whole though the average age of those questioned was 56, with 58% of them female. 95% were white with an average BMI of 34. The participants generally came from the most deprived areas.
By looking at these results we can see that while weight loss maybe a good idea for some of the participants of the study, the primary concern of many would be their underlying chronic conditions that may not be solved purely with weight loss alone.
In conclusion, what this study does show is that further research will need to be undertaken to discover ways that we can tackle each individual obesity types, as well as finding ways to prevent obesity in the first instance.