For Men's Health Week 2005, the Forum has put together a consensus statement with other interested organisations on the issue of excess weight in men and proposals for the solution. If you agree with the work the MHF are doing, please sign your organisation up too. You can do that with one click at the bottom of this page.
The statement was launched at the Hazardous Waist conference which kicked off Men's Health Week 2005 and is reproduced in full below. Scroll down to download all the conference papers.
THE CONSENSUS STATEMENT:
Men who are overweight or obese are significantly more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and a range of other health problems. The present situation is nothing less than a public health emergency. Already two out of three men are overweight or obese - if current trends continue it is estimated that as soon as 2010 this will increase to three quarters of the male population.
We believe it should be the goal of health practitioners and decision-makers across the whole spectrum of public policy that we should halt the rise in overweight now, so that this wholly undesirable milestone is never reached. If we do not take urgent and concerted action, men will continue to die prematurely, and very large numbers will not experience optimum health and well-being.
At a minimum, the following five actions are required:
Arguments in support of the actions recommended in this Consensus Statement are made in the National Men's Health Week 2005 Policy Document, Hazardous Waist? Tackling the epidemic of excess weight in men, which can be downloaded here.
The following organisations already support and endorse the Consensus Statement. You can add your support by following the links below.
Men's Health Forum
Page created on June 13th, 2005
Page updated on September 17th, 2010