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Over two-thirds of people in Cumbria are overweight or obese

Cumbria has been named the fattest area of England with new figures revealing that more than two-thirds of people are classed as overweight or obese.

For the first time, England-wide data reveals the fattest and thinnest parts of the UK and the scale of the obesity crisis.

The figures, from Public Health England, show 64 per cent of people are carrying too many pounds, raising their susceptibility to a host of illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.

Cumbria is the fattest, with 68.3 per cent of people overweight or obese, followed by North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, both on 67.9 per cent. Overall, 63.8 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.

The worst area in Cumbria was Copeland, with 75.9 per cent of people overweight or obese. In Carlisle, 68.4 per cent were overweight, 68.8 per cent in Eden and 66.5 per cent in Allerdale.

Dr Jane Rossini, Cumbria and Lancashire centre director at Public Health England, said there was “no silver bullet” to reduce obesity but they were committed to tackling it.

“With our local authorities and NHS partners we are looking at ways to reduce levels of excess weight in all our communities,” she said.

“It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level.

A Cumbria County Council public health spokesman said: “Cumbria has a programme called COOL4Life which designed to help children who may need support with their families to become more active and eat healthier.

“There is also a dietetics service which GPs can refer adults to if they feel this will benefit their weight loss.

“For those people who are very overweight, the NHS provides bariatric surgery. This includes support to lose weight through natural means before an assessment is made as to whether surgery is appropriate.

“These measures can only ever tackle the symptoms of obesity. Getting to grips with the underlying causes requires action across society. As a general rule, we need to eat less and move more.”

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Anyone else noticed that while walking round Workington, that the majority of "larger" people at pushing at least one push chair and shouting at another two kids while pretending to keep them under control?
Might just be me, but the majority if "fatties" seem to be benefit scroungers who can't get off their lazy behinds to go out and do something with their lives. Quite happy to scrounge of me and other tax payers.

Posted by Paul on 27 February 2014 at 21:13

Please take time to read this document, The Brussels Declaration on Scientific Integrity - Obesity

Posted by Bill Gibson on 24 February 2014 at 17:49

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