Almost seven out of 10 people in South Kesteven are overweight or obese, according to figures released today (Wednesday).
For the first time, data reveals the fattest and thinnest parts of England and the scale of the obesity crisis with 63.8 per cent of adults having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.
In South Kesteven, the figure is 68.2 per cent, which is exactly the Lincolnshire average. In Boston it is 69.9 per cent, North Kesteven 65.5 per cent, Melton 64 per cent and South Holland 72.2 per cent.
Fattest region is the North East, followed by West Midlands, but Lincolnshire is one of the most obese counties with its 68.2 per cent figure only just below that of the worst-performing area, Cumbria, with 68.3 per cent of the population overweight or obese.
However, there are district council areas which are far worst than South Kesteven with Copeland in West Cumbria being the fattest area with 75.9 per cent, followed by Blackpool (72.1 per cent), Milton Keynes (72.5 per cent) and County Durham (72.5 per cent).
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 this 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 beig overweight cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.
“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a ocmplex issues that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play a part by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more active.”