The study, conducted amongst 2,023 adults, found that 23% of the British population have a BMI that classifies them as obese. In 1999, just 11% of the population was obese.
The research also found that one in five people who are obese are not contemplating any form of weight-loss action.
Commenting on the findings shadow health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said: ‘We urgently need action now to tackle Britain’s ticking obesity time-bomb. That means all of us taking more responsibility for our lifestyles and government doing what it can to help us make the right choices.’
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