Obesity map of England reveals north-south weight divide

Obesity map of England reveals north-south weight divide

Boston in Lincolnshire has been revealed as having the highest obesity rate in the UK, with 34 per cent of residents being overweight.

Figures from the fitness app we:bo and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the fattest towns and cities in the country, and found that the most overweight places tended to be in the north, while healthier weight cities are generally located in the south.

Barnsley, Mansfield, Rotherham and Fenland completed the top five overweight locations.

At the other end of the scale, Canterbury was named as the healthiest weight town, with 22.4 per cent of residents being overweight. The remainder of the top five healthiest weight locations consisted of Dorchester, Welwyn Hatfield, Woking and London.

Obesity refers to a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) being dangerously high, and it means they are carrying too much excess body fat. The categories for BMI are as follows:

  • Below 18.5 – Underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9 – Healthy
  • 25 to 29.9 – Overweight
  • 30 or higher – Obese

Being overweight or obese puts you at an increased risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, paving the way for premature death.

It is important to adhere to a healthy, balanced diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, while limiting your consumption of sugar. Regular exercise is also important for you to successfully lose weight, and maintaining weight loss.

Sanjeev Virdi, co-founder of we:bo, said: “Obesity has risen sharply in the last 10 years. As personal fitness trainers we were really interested in seeing if there was any correlation between obesity rates and things like average wages, the number of fast food outlets and even the number of gyms available.

“We have a responsibility in the UK to help those on lower wages to access helpful and tailored exercise and nutrition advice. This can no longer be the preserve of the affluent and famous.”

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