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Newcastle University’s Professor Roy Taylor, one of the world’s leading experts on the disease, presented data at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes’ annual conference.
He told attendees that if people’s waists are larger than they were aged 21, they are ‘carrying too much fat.’
People took to Twitter to react to the findings and claimed it seemed unlikely that anyone would be able to fit into their old jeans.
One man said: “You what? My wife has given birth to three children and I’m heading well on my way to mid 40’s there is no way either of us would fit in the jeans we wore at 21 and tbh we wouldn’t want to!!! Your bodies change throughout your life - adapt, this is body shaming at its worst."
A second Twitter user shared a similar story, writing: “At 21 I was in the military and could run a sub-20min 5km. I weighed 55kg.
"Now I’m pushing 40. I’ve had kids (pelvis is wider) I can squat my own 80+kg body weight (thighs have serious muscle) This body isn’t going back into those pants.”
Journalist Emily Ramshaw said: “At 21, I lived in a sorority house where I drank three glasses of water before dinner so I would feel too full to eat actual calories. I am overjoyed to never fit into those jeans again.
Even Stephen Fry chipped in: “You mean there are people who CAN fit into the jeans they wore at 21? It will take a great effort of toleration from me not to wish them ill …”
One woman joked: “I’ve never owned a pair of jeans, so I’m going to live FOREVER.”
The findings came as new research also suggests people with type 2 diabetes could put the disease into remission by losing weight.
In England, an estimated 28 per cent of adults are classed as obese and a further 32.6 per cent are overweight but not obese, according to the Health Survey for England 2019.
Obesity is usually defined as having a BMI of 30 or above and ‘overweight’ is when a person has a BMI between 25 and 30.
The study’s participants all had type 2 diabetes despite having a ‘normal’ average BMI of 24.5. They were put on a low-calorie liquid diet for two weeks and consumed only shakes and soups.
According to the NHS, the recommended daily calorie intake is 2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 for men.
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