Obesity crisis: England’s fattest postcodes revealed

Shocking new data has revealed the true scale of England’s obesity crisis, with more than three-quarters of people in some towns and cities either overweight or obese.

Cumbria has been named the fattest county in England with 68.3 per cent of people overweight or obese, followed by Lincolnshire on 68.2 per cent and North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, both on 67.9 per cent.

Overall, 63.8 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.

Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said the new data will help all local areas ‘monitor their progress’ in tackling obesity.

‘There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity; it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels,’ he said.

‘We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more active.’

Find out the fattest locations in England below

UK obesity crisis: Cumbria named the fattest county in England
63.8 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, according to new data (Picture: PA)

Local authorities 

  1. Copeland in west Cumbria (75.9% are overweight or obese)
  2. Doncaster in South Yorkshire (74.4%)
  3. East Lindsey in Lincolnshire (73.8%)
  4. Ryedale in North Yorkshire (73.7%)
  5. Sedgemoor in Somerset (73.4%)
  6. Gosport in Hampshire (72.9%)
  7. Castle Point in south Essex (72.8%)
  8. Bolsover in Derbyshire (72.5%)
  9. County Durham (72.5%)
  10. Milton Keynes (72.5%)


  1. Cumbria (68.3%)
  2. Lincolnshire (68.2%)
  3. North Yorkshire (67.9%)
  4. Staffordshire (67.9%)
  5. Northamptonshire (67.5%)
  6. Essex (67.3%)
  7. Derbyshire (66.9%)
  8. Nottinghamshire (66.4%)
  9. Norfolk (65.7%)
  10. Worcestershire (65.5%)


  1. North-east (68%)
  2. North-west (66%)
  3. West Midlands (65.7%)
  4. East Midlands (65.6%)
  5. Yorkshire and the Humber (65.4%)
  6. East of England (65.1%)
  7. South-east (63.1%)
  8. South-west (62.7%)
  9. London (57.3%)

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