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Interactive Obesity Map Reveals The Most Overweight Places In The UK

How does your town shape up?

05/04/2016 15:06 | Updated 06 April 2016

Time and time again we hear that the UK is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but it seems some towns and cities have more of a weight problem than others.

Researchers from online pharmacy allcures.com have created an interactive obesity map revealing the most and least obese areas of Britain.

They analysed data from the most recent Public Health England report on obesity, as well as the most recent national health surveys from Scotland and Wales to create the graphic. 

With 38% of the adult population being considered as obese, the Western Isles was found to be the heaviest area in the UK.

Meanwhile Richmond upon Thames was found to be the least obese area, with just 12% of adults being considered obese. 

Under NHS guidelines, a person is considered to be obese if they have a BMI of 30 to 39.9 and severely obese if their BMI is above 40.

Scroll through the graphic below and hover over your town to see how it shapes up. 

The 10 following areas were found to be the most obese in the UK:

- Western Isles (highest obesity rate)
- Orkney
- Barnsley
- Ayrshire
- Shetland Islands
- Telford and Wrekin
- North Lincolnshire
- Hartlepool
- Lanarkshire
- Barking and Dagenham

The 10 following areas were found to be the least obese in the UK: 

- Richmond upon Thames (lowest obesity rate)
- Camden
- Tower Hamlets
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Wandsworth
- Lambeth
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- Kingston upon Thames
- Westminster

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