Obesity crisis: Milton Keynes is the fattest place in England

Obesity crisis: Almost a quarter of Milton Keynes' population is obese
Obesity crisis: Almost a quarter of Milton Keynes' population is obese
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Milton Keynes has the highest number of fat people in the country, with almost three quarters of the city’s population overweight.

Public Health England has revealed that 72.5 per cent of over 18s are overweight or obese in MK compared to an average of 64 per cent across England.

72.5 per cent of over 18s in Milton Keynes are overweight or obese

72.5 per cent of over 18s in Milton Keynes are overweight or obese

The problem is costing around £19million every year - with an estimated 311 premature deaths of people aged below 75 years old.

This week, the council’s health cabinet member Councillor Nigel Long slammed Milton Keynes as a “city of the bulges” - with almost a quarter of its population clinically obese.

He pledged to spend £1million over the next five years to help beat the bulge.

Mr Long said: “Through sharing information and promoting healthy eating and exercise we could help a lot of people lose weight and lead healthier and longer active lives.

“We can also make the city’s health money go further and take some pressure off the hospital.”

But Councillor Alice Bramall said the council has failed to take action quick enough after revealing the figures were published last year.

Following a health committee meeting that scrutinised the latest report from public health, chairman Miss Bramall called on Mr Long not to weight around.

She said: “We need to stop being so reliant on cars in Milton Keynes. We need to start being more active.

“It’s about educating people and making sure action is being taken to reverse this statistic because we are not doing enough fast enough.”

Creating interventions to tackle obesity and increase physical activity is one of the council’s public health priorities.