Data reveals Rugby has large percentage of obese and overweight people living in town

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Rugby has one of the highest rates of obesity in Warwickshire.

The number of people who are overweight or obese living in Rugby is higher than other places in the county and higher than the national average, according to new figures released by Public Health England today (Wednesday).

The figures show that 65.3 per cent of people in Rugby are overweight or obese.

This compares to 64.5 per cent of people in Nuneaton and Bedworth, 65.7 per centre in Stratford upon Avon and 62.7 per cent of people in Warwick district.

The amount of obese and overweight people living in Warwickshire in 64.8 per cent.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE said: “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. Many local authorities are already working hard to reduce obesity levels and these new data will help all local areas monitor their progress in tackling these longstanding problems. Public Health England is committed to supporting local government and the local NHS.

“People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health. Overall health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.

“There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy balanced diet and being more active.”

In England, 63.8 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.

Copeland, in west Cumbria, is the fattest local authority area, where 75.9 per cent of people are obese or overweight.