Obesity risk among poor men

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Older, poorer men are most at risk of becoming obese, while the less well-off are more likely to use diet pills rather than exercising, according to a study carried out by Sheffield University.

Researchers polled 26,000 people from 43 GP practices across South Yorkshire, and found those living in deprived areas were more than twice as likely to be obese than wealthier neighbours. Obesity was most common among older people, affecting over a fifth of people aged 56 to 75.