As shock figures show almost three quarters of adults in MK are too fat, our Mayor has vowed to lead the way to becoming Slim City.
Brian White, whose favourite food is pizza and pies, has pledged to lose at least half a stone by the time his reign is over in May.
And he has invited anybody else interested in shedding the city’s portly reputation to join him.
Statistics released this week by Public Health England showed Milton Keynes was among the top ten fattest towns in the entire country.
Incredibly, 72.5 per cent of all adults living in MK are deemed to be overweight or obese compared to the national average of 64 per cent.
Even being slightly too fat can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers.
People with a Body Mass Index of 25 or over are classed as overweight, while people with a BMI of 30 or more are obese, rule Public Health England.
Mayor Brian, at 5ft 10ins and 89.5 kilograms (14st 10lb), has a body mass index of 29.5, which makes him overweight – veering on obese.
“I never knew I was so fat,” he told the Citizen. “It’s easy to ignore a few extra pounds and I never would have thought of calculating my BMI. But I’m grateful that it’s been brought to my attention and I’m determined now to exercise more and eat healthier.
“I have to confess I never eat vegetables or salad. But that’s not a good example to Milton Keynes so now I’ll have to start.”
Public Health England say local authorities should be promoting healthy eating and weight loss.
This week Milton Keynes Council said investment into its relevant public health services will now be doubled as a priority. A spokesman said: “The council is aware of the increasing levels of excess weight in our population and plans have already been agreed to provide additional weight management services.
For details of council weight loss and exercise programmes plus instructions on how to calculate your own BMI, view our website at www.miltonkeynes.co.uk.
> For more about the Public Health England figures for MK turn to page 11.
RIGHT: Mayor Brian White is hoping to shed the pounds