London: Nearly half of the British men face the risk of turning obese within next 20 years, with women closely following them facing a similar risk of turning overweight by 2030, says an international study.
The study states four in ten British women may turn overweight.
Overall, an extra 11 million Britons would be clinically obese – so fat that it risks their health – taking the total to 26 million, Daily Mail reported.
Besides, the cost to health services of coping with obesity-linked problems would rise by £2billion (over $3 billion) a year.
It also warns that almost half a million more people could suffer heart disease, with nearly 700,000 extra cases of diabetes and 130,000 more cancer sufferers.
The British and American experts behind the analysis have blamed abundant energy-dense food, too little exercise and lack of action by policymakers.
They say obesity levels among men could rise from around 19 percent to between 41 and 48 percent.
The proportion of obese women is predicted to increase from 26 percent to between 35 and 43 percent.
The figures, published in The Lancet medical journal, were produced by a team including Klim McPherson of Oxford University and US researchers at Columbia University.