You have read that right, new figures released by Public Health England have revealed that Tamworth is no longer the Fattest Town in the UK.
Unfortunately however, it was revealed that more than three-quarters of people in some English towns and cities are overweight or obese. The figures show that the excess weight rate in Tamworth is 70.7%, compared to 66.7% in Lichfield and 64.50% for Nuneaton and Bedworth.
Copeland in west Cumbria is the fattest local authority area with 75.9% followed by Doncaster, South Yorkshire at 74.4% East Lindsey, Lincolnshire at 73.8% and Ryedale, North Yorkshire at 73.7%.
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 these 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 being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.
“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more active.”
So, have any of you noticed any difference? Have we been slimming down after the embarrassment of the last lot of figures? Is it simply that the stats are unreliable?
Let us know what you think. I have just got to sweep the crumbs of cake off my keyboard!