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.

Read: Regional breakdown of England's obesity crisis

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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.