Two-thirds of Calderdale adults are overweight

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Figures released today by Public Health England show two-thirds of adults in Calderdale are overweight or obese.

Calderdale’s 66.3 per cent is above the national average of 63.8 per cent, but Doncaster has the highest figure in Yorkshire of 74.4 per cent.

The rate of increase in overweight and obese adults has slowed in recent years and, in children, levels are stabilising.

But health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion each year.

Dr Stephen Morton, PHE Centre Director, said: “We are committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Yorkshire by supporting our local authorities to develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight.”