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Three quarters of population are overweight

Embargoed to 2200 Wednesday June 12.

File photo dated 04/11/10 of an overweight man as doctors in England and Wales have seen a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for conditions linked to obesity. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 12, 2013. The explosive rise in admissions from 872 to 3,806 occurred in the space of a decade between 2000 and 2009. Over the whole 10-year period, a total of 20,885 young people were treated in hospital for obesity-related conditions. Nearly three-quarters of cases involved problems complicated by being overweight, such as asthma, breathing difficulties during sleep, and pregnancy complications. Teenage girls accounted for the biggest rise in obesity-related hospital admissions. In 2009, obesity is believed to have contributed to complications in 198 pregnant girls. The number of bariatric surgery procedures conducted to help children and young people lose weight also saw a sharp rise, from one per year in 2000 to 31

Embargoed to 2200 Wednesday June 12. File photo dated 04/11/10 of an overweight man as doctors in England and Wales have seen a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for conditions linked to obesity. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 12, 2013. The explosive rise in admissions from 872 to 3,806 occurred in the space of a decade between 2000 and 2009. Over the whole 10-year period, a total of 20,885 young people were treated in hospital for obesity-related conditions. Nearly three-quarters of cases involved problems complicated by being overweight, such as asthma, breathing difficulties during sleep, and pregnancy complications. Teenage girls accounted for the biggest rise in obesity-related hospital admissions. In 2009, obesity is believed to have contributed to complications in 198 pregnant girls. The number of bariatric surgery procedures conducted to help children and young people lose weight also saw a sharp rise, from one per year in 2000 to 31

Nearly three quarters of people in Ryedale are overweight or obese, shocking new figures have revealed.

Health experts are urging local authorities to take action after a league table from Public Health England revealed the fattest and thinnest parts of the country. Figures show that Yorkshire and Humber has higher levels than the national average - with the problem particularly acute in Ryedale.

Overall, 63.8 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over, but in Yorkshire and the Humber the figure is higher, at 65.4 per cent. In Ryedale, 73.7 per cent of people are overweight or obese - making it the fourth fattest local authority in the country.

The thinnest local authorities include several in London, such as Kensington and Chelsea at 45.9 per cent.

A spokeswoman for Public Health England said it was not clear why some areas did better than others, with a number of factors including personal decisions and travel options coming into play. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: “The overall figure of 64 per cent for the country is bad enough but when figures rise to around 80 per cent for some local areas, one has to believe that the problem may be insurmountable.”

 

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