UK fat map pinpoints obesity hotspots

Southern Scotland, the north east of England, the Midlands and most of Wales have the highest prevalence of obese people, according to a fat map.

Compiled by Dr Foster Research, the map is created using BMI registers that GPs are incentivised to keep through the quality framework.

In the UK the prevalence of obesity is the highest in Europe with 22.7 per cent of men and 23.8 per cent of women classified as obese.

Dr Colin Waine, visiting professor at Sunderland University and chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘It is important that people understand both the dangers of obesity and the benefits to their health of losing weight.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Editors blog: Mapping the nation's girth and mirth

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