Britain's girls are fattest in Europe, research shows

The study also confirms previous research that has shown roughly a quarter of Britain's adult population to be obese. Credit: PA

More girls under 20 are overweight or obese in the UK than anywhere else in western Europe, alarming new research has shown.

In this age group, 29.2% of the British population are excessively heavy. Just over 8% of the girls meet the clinical definition of obesity, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above.

Of the 22 western European countries studied, only Greece is on a par with the UK as far as girls aged 20 and younger are concerned, with a 0.1% lower prevalence.

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British women under 20 'most overweight in Europe'

More girls under 20 are overweight or obese in the UK than anywhere else in western Europe, alarming new research has shown.