According to researchers at Oxford University obesity is a BIG men’s issue with the average man is getting fatter and is more than a stone heavier (7.7kg) than 20 years ago.

The research tallies with official statistics that show that nearly half of British men are overweight, compared with just a third of women, while a quarter of men are officially obese (compared with only 7 per cent in 1987).

The result is an epidemic of obesity-related diseases in men: cases of ­diabetes have risen by almost a third since 2003, while in women they rose by less than a quarter.

Overweight men also have much higher rates of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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