Fat people can be placed in six categories

There's six different kinds of fat people
Fancy a beer? (Picture: Getty)

Affluent, healthy elderly. Heavy drinking males. Young healthy females.

These are just three of the six types of obese person that scientists have identified in a new study – which has the potential to transform how doctors treat overweight people.

According to the study, obese people can be placed in six categories:

1) Young healthy females

2) Heavy drinking males

3) Affluent and healthy elderly

4) Unhappy and anxious middle-aged

5) Physically sick but happy elderly

6) Poor health

The pioneering categories were created by researchers at the University of Sheffield, who analysed people with a body mass index of over 30 (anyone with a BMI higher than this is considered obese).

Overweight participants were then quizzed on a number of factors, including whether they suffered from insomnia, depression, heart disease or cancer.

But despite displaying the healthiest behaviour, the ‘younger healthy females’ group was found to be the largest.

There's six kinds of larger people, apparently (Picture: Getty)
There’s six kinds of larger people, apparently (Picture: Getty)

And the ‘heavy drinking males’ showed similar traits, and were found to have difficulty managing their weight, despite reporting high levels of physical exercise.

While youthfulness might not be on the side on of the affluent elderly, they had the best health – despite high blood pressure and alcohol consumption.

Dr Mark Green, who led the study, said: ‘Policies designed to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles often target individuals just because they are obese.

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‘But a focus on just the group as a whole is not very efficient. We are all different and different health promotion approaches work for different people.

‘Our research showed that those in the groups that we identified are likely to need very different services, and will respond very differently to different health promotion policies.

‘In the future, we hope that GPs will keep in mind these six groups when offering advice to their patients’.

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18 April 2015 | 3:48 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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