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Figures reveal the extent of people obese

Figures out show the number of people overweight Credit: ITV News Anglia

New figures out have revealed that more than seventy per cent of adults in Milton Keynes are overweight or obese.

The data by Public Health England showed 72.5% of people were overweight compared to the national average of 64%.

In Luton that figure was 59%, in Northamptonshire 67.5%

Health problems associated with being overweight cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.

Dr Mike Lilley, Public Health England, South Midlands & Hertfordshire said:

“Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese by supporting our local authorities to develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight."

“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level... This new data will enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020."