World boxing champion Paul ‘Silky’ Jones is urging Sheffielders to give obesity a knock-out punch this National Obesity Awareness Week.
The Sheffield-based former boxer, who is an ambassador for Heart Research UK, is encouraging people to make small lifestyle changes which could help save their lives.
‘Silky’s Challenge’ is aimed at getting people fitter and healthier through such activities as skipping, walking and eating a healthier diet.
Paul, aged 48, who won the World Light Middleweight title in 1995, said: “Our lifestyles make it easy for us to put on the pounds and become overweight or even obese by being inactive and eating a poor diet, which puts us at risk of serious illnesses like heart disease.
“Just a few small changes can make a difference and simple activities like doing 100 skips a day or going for a walk can benefit you when linked to healthy eating.
“The other key to success is telling your friends and family that you have pledged to live a healthier lifestyle which gives you that commitment to succeed.”
Some 67 per cent of men and 57 per cent women in the UK are either obese or overweight.