Almost two-thirds of adults in England overweight

Some 63.8% of adults in England are overweight, according official data that also revealed that North Yorkshire is among the fattest counties.

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Areas of England with the lowest obesity levels

Public Health England has released England-wide data of the country's obesity crisis. Here are the areas of England with the lowest overweight and obesity levels.

  • In Kensington and Chelsea 45.9% of adults are obese or overweight.
  • Tower Hamlets 47.2%
  • Richmond upon Thames 47.6%
  • Hackney 48.7%
  • Brighton and Hove 49.2%
  • Hammersmith and Fulham 49.7%
  • Camden 50.1%
  • Lambeth 51.8%
  • Wandsworth 52.2%
  • Westminster 52.6%

Body image campaigner: Obesity data 'scaremongering'

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 stigmatising us, they will scare you, who are thin. Be careful! You will be treated that way."


Obesity data reveals north-south divide in England

Data released by Public Health England shows the fattest county in England overall is Cumbria, with 68.3% of people overweight or obese, followed by North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, both on 67.9%.

Public Health England data shows 63.8% of adults in England are overweight or obese. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Meanwhile, the thinnest local authorities include several in London, such as Kensington and Chelsea (45.9%) and Richmond upon Thames (47.6%).

Local government to play 'critical role' in obesity crisis

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.

England's most overweight areas

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%

63.8% of adults in England now obese or overweight

The fattest and thinnest parts of England have been revealed for the first time by Public Health England, highlighting the scale of the obesity crisis.

63.8% of adults in England are overweight or obese, according to Public Health England. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Three-quarters of people in some parts of England are overweight or obese, according to the new league table, which shows that North Yorkshire is among the fattest counties.

Overall, 63.8% of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.


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