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Emily Braeger & Nick Wood

Increase in gout cases fuelled by obesity, say health chiefs

Lockdown gluttony is behind a large increase in the cases of gout, say health chiefs. The Express reports cases of the painful inflammatory arthritis have leapt by 20% in three years, with 234,000 admitted to hospital in 2021/22.

NHS Digital figures show it is linked to a significant rise in obesity, with more than one in four adults badly overweight. Experts say that the UK's eating habits have become so bad that the nation will be Europe's fattest within the next decade.

Experts have blamed a "Deliveroo culture" of working from home and eating more snacks, takeaways and junk foods during Covid. Gout causes sudden, severe joint pain, which often starts in the big toe.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said people today were eating and drinking Falstaff, Henry VIII and rich Victorians, who made gout infamous, "under the table". And with those habits comes resultant health issues related to obesity.

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