The Hospital Group

The Hospital Group

October 13, 2010 03:01 ET

UK is a Nation of Over Eaters

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - A new study has revealed that the UK is a nation of over eaters and grazers with seven out of 10 people reaching for a snack on a regular basis.

The study, showed that half of Britons graze on food when they are bored whilst 23 per cent eat and snack more at times of crisis, turning to food to help them with their emotional needs.

Out of the 3000 people surveyed it was discovered that twice as many women as men snacked when they were stressed with only one in 10 reaching for a tasty treat when they were actually hungry.

Boredom was one of the key roles in overeating with 57 per cent of women scoffing down chocolaty treats and fatty delights and 40 per cent of men doing the same when they were fed up.

Other interesting reasons behind some of the UK's snacking habits included eating at times of sadness as a way for people to cheer themselves up.

Those who are worried about being overweight should book a consultation with an expert bariatric surgeon at The Hospital Group.

The Hospital Group is the UK's biggest provider of weight loss surgery, including gastric bands, gastric bypasses and gastric balloons.

David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group, said: "We are all guilty of having a snack every now and then especially when so many of us lead hectic lifestyles, a quick snack or readymade item can seem like the perfect choice to keep us going.

"However, it's when people start to graze on a regular basis that it can be bad for their health. Eating sugary and fatty foods throughout the day can lead to weight gain and means that the body isn't getting the vitamins or nutritional content that it needs.

"Those who are overweight often find themselves in a vicious circle, they want to lose weight and become more healthy but are locked in a battle with overeating and don't know how to change their bad and harmful eating habits.

"Our consultants ensure that, as well as having an absolute need for a gastric procedure, the patient understands that weight loss surgery isn't a miracle cure and they would need to work with the band to achieve the healthier lifestyle they desire."

Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has risen to become the UK's biggest weight loss surgery providers, performing more gastric procedures last year than the NHS.

The Hospital Group is committed to providing the very highest standards and all procedures are performed by an expert medical team in state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none.

For further information of The Hospital Group's range of weight-loss procedures, surgery-seekers should visit the website or call our patient care coordinators on 0845 762 6727.

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