Milton Keynes: 10th Fattest
4 February 2014, 17:11
Milton Keynes has been named as one of the ten fattest places in England.
It's come tenth in a table of local authority areas listed by the proportion of people in them who are overweight or obese.
The figures reveal 72.5% of adults in Milton Keynes are overweight or obese, compared to a national average of 63.8%.
The Copeland area of Cumbria came top, with 75.9% of adults overweight or obese.
Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: "Many local authorities are already working hard to reduce obesity levels and these new data will help all local areas monitor their progress in tackling these long-standing problems.
"People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
"Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health. Overall health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.
"There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more active.''
:: This list details the local authorities with the highest proportion of residents who are overweight or obese.
1. Copeland, Cumbria 75.9%
2. Doncaster, South Yorkshire 74.4%
3. East Lindsey, Lincolnshire 73.8%
4. Ryedale, North Yorkshire 73.7%
5. Sedgemoor, Somerset 73.4%
6. Gosport, Hampshire 72.9%
7. Castle Point, Essex 72.8%
8. Bolsover, Derbyshire 72.5%
9. County Durham 72.5%
10. Milton Keynes 72.5%
:: This list details the local authorities with the lowest proportion of residents who are overweight or obese.
1. Kensington and Chelsea 45.9%
2. Tower Hamlets 47.2%
3. Richmond upon Thames 47.6%
4. Hackney 48.7%
5. Brighton and Hove 49.2%
6. Hammersmith and Fulham 49.7%
7. Camden 50.1%
8. Lambeth 51.8%
9. Wandsworth 52.2%
10. Westminster 52.6%