Nearly two-thirds of adults in East Riding ‘are overweight or obese’

Nearly two-thirds of adults in the East Riding of Yorkshire are overweight or obese, figures reveal, as the Government launches a strategy to slim down the nation’s waistlines.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 11:10 am
Nearly two-thirds of adults in the East Riding of Yorkshire are overweight or obese, figures reveal, as the Government launches a strategy to slim down the nation’s waistlines. Photo: PA Images

Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who says he struggles with his own weight – has announced a range of measures to help people shed the pounds, including a ban on some junk food promotions and stricter advertising controls.

It comes after a Public Health England report found being overweight or obese can dramatically increase the risk of being admitted to hospital or dying from Covid-19.

Doctors, charities and campaign groups have welcomed the plans, but some say they don’t go far enough.

PHE figures show 64% of adults in the East Riding of Yorkshire were classed as overweight or obese in 2018-19, the latest period for which data is available.

Although this was just below the average of 65% across Yorkshire and the Humber, it was slightly above the England average of 62%.

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, board of science chairwoman at the British Medical Association, said obesity can have a “devastating” impact on people’s health, including the increased risk from the coronavirus.

She added: “As the Government’s new strategy recognises, this has been a real wake-up call for the nation.”