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Two-thirds of Birmingham is overweight, says health survey

27th January 2009

The study of 1,350 adults found "worryingly high" levels of high blood pressure and high body fat.

It found the lowest levels of obesity are in south-west London, where one third are overweight and 13 per cent obese.

The survey, based on as series of 'health checks' in 13 locations across Britain, also discovered that obesity is occurring at an increasingly young age. In Manchester, it found the average age of the overweight population was 28, compared to 47 in Birmingham.

The research was carried out by health brands Salter and HoMedics.

Official figures predict that one third of British adults will be obese by 2012 and 90 per cent of children by 2050, suggesting the UK could overtake the United States as the world's fattest nation.

Over areas in the study were Glasgow, where 58 per cent of those sampled were overweight, Cardiff (50 per cent), Manchester (48 per cent), Nottingham (46 per cent), Plymouth (45 per cent) and Bristol (44 per cent).

A similar study published in November found the Shetland Islands to be the fattest part of the country while the former coal mining town of Barnsley had the highest rate of obesity in England. That survey, produced by Dr Foster Research, was based on those registered by their GP as obese. It suggests the area with the lowest number of obese people in Britain is Camden in north London, where less than four per cent of patients are classed as obese.

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