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.”