Obesity and stroke: the facts

In the UK, someone has a stroke every three and a half minutes. It’s the second largest cause of death in the world and being obese increases your risk by 64%.

Put simply, a stroke is a brain attack, which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. It can be caused by a blood clot, or by bleeding in the brain.

Even if it doesn’t kill you, a stroke can cause long-term disability. There are 1.2 million people in the UK currently living with the after-effects of a stroke and it’s the leading cause of severe adult disability.

Increasing amounts of evidence link stroke with obesity. The best way to reduce your risk is to stay a healthy weight, as well as stop smoking and drink less.

Weight loss company LighterLife recently announced a partnership with The Stroke Association to raise awareness and funds for research into developing new treatments and supporting patients to make the best recovery they can.