A Midlands town is UK's fattest

Tamworth in Staffordshire has the highest proportion of overweight people. Over 30% of its population are obese.

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Obesity: The facts and figures

Tamworth has topped the chart for the highest proportion of overweight people in Britain Credit: PA

'Obesity' is a clinical term used to describe excess body fat associated with increased risks of health.

According to the Department for Health, in the latest Health Survey for England, 62.8% of adults (aged 16 or over) were overweight or obese.30.3% of children (aged between 2 and 15) were overweight or obese.

26.1% of all adults and 16% of all children were obese.

The most common way to measure obesity is by calculating an individual's BMI (Body Mass Index).

In adults, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 means that person is considered to be overweight, and a BMI of 30 or above means that person is considered to be obese.

More information can be found on the Department for Health's Obesity page.

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Controls on adverts and restaurants to tackle obesity

Following a year-long inquiry the AMRC has devised a list of 10 recommendations to end the UK being "the fat man of Europe". These include:

  • Taxes of 20% on sugary drinks for at least a year
  • Banning the advertising of foods high in saturated fat, sugar and salt before 9pm
  • Councils having the power to limit the number of fast food outlets near schools and leisure centres
  • NHS staff to talk to overweight patients at every appointment about their eating and exercise habits
  • Advice for new parents on how to feed their children properly
  • All schools to serve healthy food in their kitchens
  • A ban on junk food an vending machines in hospital premises
  • £300m to be spent over the next three years on weight management programmes
  • More surgery for the severely obese, to help those at risk of dying
  • Food labels to include calorie information for children

Tamworth tops the obesity charts

30.7% of Tamworth's population are obese Credit: PA

Tamworth in Staffordshire has the highest proportion of overweight people in Britain.

According to the National Obesity Observatory, just over 30% of its population are obese.

This comes at the same time as Doctors are demanding a tax on soft drinks to help tackle obesity across the country.

Birmingham University also say that over 25% of Birmingham's population are obese, which is the third highest rate in the UK.