One in two Welwyn Hatfield residents overweight

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 February 2014

One in two Welwyn Hatfield residents are overweight

One in two Welwyn Hatfield residents are overweight

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One in two Welwyn Hatfield residents are overweight or obese, Government figures have revealed.

"It has been a big concern to me that we are becoming more like America every day."

Cllr Darren Bennett

Public Health England released the figures last week, stating 52.7 per cent of the borough’s adult inhabitants are carrying “excess weight”.

This is lower than the Hertfordshire average of 61.8 per cent, but it has caused concern.

Councillor Darren Bennett, the borough’s lead member for sports, said: “I would like to see more and more people take up exercise.

“It has been a big concern to me that we are becoming more like America every day.

“A lot of it is because of fast food, because you used to sit down for a family meal, now you are on the go all the time.”

Public Health England used the BMI scale to work out the figures and the organisation’s Dr Mike Lilley warned “there is no silver bullet to reducing obesity”.

The borough and county is working to shrink the borough’s waistlines, with a variety of schemes currently in place.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has, for example, launched a Cook in the Box project alongside other agencies and children centres, to promote healthy eating among parents and young children.

A spokesman for County Hall’s Public Health Team said: “Hertfordshire County Council is working to reduced levels of unhealthy weight, through encouraging active healthy lifestyles across all age groups including participation in sport.

“While the trend in weight gain in England seems finally to be slowing, there are still a lot of adults who are carrying unhealthy levels of excess weight.”


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