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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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