Dorset Adults Tipping the Scales with Over 50% Obese
8:43am 6th February 2014
New figures out show more than 6 in 10 adults in Dorset are overweight or obese.
Public Health England have released the statistics that show over 62% of people are too fat.
They say the increase in numbers is slowing down each year though.
Dr Jim O'Brien, Wessex Public Health England Centre Director said:
"Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Wessex 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. 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.
"This new data will enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020. Today's information will help local authorities to understand the extent of the problem in their area and support their on-going efforts to tackle overweight and obesity and improve the health of their local population."