Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 10:00, 05 February 2014 |
Updated: 11:07, 05 February 2014
Nearly two in every three people living in Kent are either overweight or obese, new figures have revealed.
Data published by Public Health England shows the percentage of adults in the county who are carrying excess weight is worryingly high.
Figures across the county vary hugely - with just over half of the adults in Canterbury classed as overweight or obese.
Meanwhile, in the Swale borough, nearly 69% of all adults weighs more than the government says they should.
Nationally, the rate of increase in weight is slowing down, and figures for children weighing too much have also stabilised.
Problems associated with being overweight include the risk of developing type 2 diabetes,heart disease and certain cancers.
Dr Graham Bickler, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Public Health England centre director
said:"Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Kent, Surrey and Sussex by supporting our local authorities to
develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight.
“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national,local, family and individual level" - Graham Bickler
“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national,local, family and individual level.
"Local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population."
He said the new data should help local councils move towards the national ambition of bringing excess weight down by 2020.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.