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Overseas Health insurance News: People 'are failing to admit obesity problems'

Living in a population where levels of obesity are on the rise is leading many global health insurance policyholders to underestimate their own weight problems, Slimming World has warned.

Jenny Caven, a spokeswoman for the organisation, noted that research had found seven per cent of people are realistic about their excess weight, while 27 per cent fail to recognise that they are obese.

"This reflects a rapid rise in obesity, which has caused a blur in people’s perception of what is a healthy weight," she pointed out, meaning millions of people "are unaware they are obese and their health is at risk".

Such strain on the body and heart caused by excess weight could result in more trips to hospital, and therefore more claims made on global health insurance.

Ms Caven's comments follow a study from the University of Texas which revealed that misconceptions about weight exist among both overweight and average-sized women.

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