Men are more ‘deluded’ about their weight, according to Michael MosleyAugust 3, 2020
Dr Michael Mosley has said that men are more ‘deluded’ than women when it comes to their own weight and fitness, as he fronts a new TV programme to help people lose lockdown pounds.
Lose A Stone In 21 Days With Michael Mosley will see the 63-year-old doctor and broadcaster turn his attention to those who have put on weight during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he insists his new show is not ‘fat-shaming’.
He told PA: ‘Body shaming is awful. It is incredibly ineffective. Telling people they’re fat never, ever works.
‘None of this is about fat shaming. It is entirely about helping people who are obese and who want to do something about it.
‘Any diet is only ever going to work if the person wants to do it…
‘This is a health show. What I’m trying to do is make these people healthier and put them on a healthier path… So, this is not about weight itself so much as about health.’
Experts say that being overweight means a higher risk of hospitalisation for coronavirus and poor outcomes, as the doctor suggested people are ‘unaware’ of how much weight they carry.
Dr Mosley said those taking part in his Channel 4 show had ‘no idea how much weight they put on’ and ‘the worst of the fat is the stuff you get around the gut’.
He said he got people to guess their measurements and ‘they were out by between two and 12 inches’.
Research shows that only 10% of people who are obese know they are but that the figure is only 7% for men, Dr Mosley said, while ‘women are more aware of it’.
He added: ‘I think men are deluded – they’re much more prone to thinking they are leaner and fitter than they are.
‘They take less care of their health and yet they are at greater risk of things like diabetes. So, I think men are just a little bit more deluded.’
Lose A Stone In 21 Days With Michael Mosley airs 9pm Wednesday on Channel 4.
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