New England-wide data released by Public Health England has revealed that 63.8% of adults are now obese or overweight. A breakdown of local authorities has also been released.
- The fattest local authority area is Copeland in west Cumbria, where 75.9% of people are overweight or obese, followed by:
- Doncaster 74.4%
- East Lindsey in Lincolnshire 73.8%
- Ryedale in North Yorkshire 73.7%
- Sedgemoor in Somerset 73.4%
- Gosport in Hampshire 72.9%
- Castle Point in Essex 72.8%
- Bolsover in Derbyshire 72.5%
- County Durham 72.5%
- Milton Keynes 72.5%
More than 65% of people in the East of England are classed as overweight according to figures published by Public Health England.
Percentage classed as overweight in counties and unitary authorities in the Anglia region:
72.5% - Milton Keynes
69.1% - Central Bedfordshire
67.5% - Northamptonshire
67.3% - Essex
65.7% - Norfolk
65.5% - Peterborough
65.3% - Suffolk
65.0% - Cambridgeshire
61.8% - Hertfordshire
60.9% - Bedford
59.0% - Luton
Obesity data from Public Health England is "scaremongering" and is complicit with a wider attempt to belittle fat people, a body image campaigner told Daybreak.
Fatima Parker from the International Size Acceptance Society said the weight loss industry had a lot to gain from data that painted obesity as a national problem.
"By belittling fat people....by stigmatising us, they will scare you, who are thin. Be careful! You will be treated that way."
Local government has a "critical role" to play in the battle against obesity as it will be up to them to supply the exercise clubs needed to get people more active, a Westminster doctor told Daybreak.
Professor Kevin Fenton said local authorities would also be responsible for checking the "distribution of fast food outlets" which had grown dramatically over the last 30 years.