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Health survey shows two-thirds are too fat

A total of seven out of 10  adults in the district are too fat, according to a report

A total of seven out of 10 adults in the district are too fat, according to a report

 

A total of seven out of 10 adults in the district are too fat, according to a report published by a health organisation last week.

The figures show that 45.5 per cent of people surveyed were overweight and 24.9 per cent are classed as obese.

The total “excess weight” figure of 70.3 per cent was ranked 28th in the country.

The report was published by Public Health England based on data from Sport England using the Body Mass Index as its scale for the survey.

A spokesman for Harborough District Council saidthe authorityprovides lots of healthy activities across the district, ranging from chair-based exercises and boxing to BMX and boccia.

It has introduced a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities and has set up six beginner jogging groups and runs six walks.

The council also co-ordinates an exercise referral scheme where overweight people can be referred by their GP for exercise at a subsidised rate.

In the past six months an estimated 11,500 people have taken part in council-run sessions as part of its Active Together programme.

Cllr James Hallam, the council’s portfolio holder for community well-being said: “The recent obesity figures reflect a national problem in the rising levels of adults who are overweight or obese.

“The health of our residents is important. We provide a range of opportunities for people to take part in physical activity and sport throughout the district.

“I would encourage everyone, particularly those people who are concerned about their weight, to take up these opportunities, which can offer social as well as health benefits.”

 

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