Market Research Survey Shows That Almost Two-Thirds Of Adults In England Are Classed As Overweight

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12th February 2014 16:57 - Health

Copeland, Cumbria, has the most overweight people in England, according to the data from Public Health England. The analysis shows that more than three-quarters of Copeland’s population (75.9%) are overweight or obese.

Doncaster, South Yorkshire, has the second highest population of overweight people with 74.4%, while east Lindsey, Lincolnshire comes third with 73.8%.

Public Health England says that across the entire country two-thirds (64%) of adults are overweight.

While the numbers vary, most of the population is overweight. The lightest region is London, with 57.3% overweight, followed by the: South West (62.7), South East (63.1%), East of England (65.1%), Yorkshire and the Humber (65.4%), West Midlands (65.6%), East Midlands (65.7%), North West (66%), and North East (68%).

Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE, said:

"Local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population… Many local authorities are already working hard to reduce obesity levels and this new data will help all local areas monitor their progress in tackling these long-standing problems. Public Health England is committed to supporting local government and the local NHS.”

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