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Bexley is second-fattest borough in London - two thirds of people overweight

PUBLISHED: 11:46 04 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:46 04 February 2014

Bexley is the second-fattest borough in London, according to new figures showing two thirds of residents are overweight or obese.

Public Health England (PHE) found that 66 per cent of people were over a healthy weight as gauged by the body mass index.

The figure was way above the London average of 57pc as well as the national average of 64pc.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, London director at PHE, said the proportion of overweight people was “worryingly high”.

She added: “There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level.”

She urged everyone to swap an everyday snack for a more healthy option and encourage children to be active.

Child obesity is a growing problem in Bexley and people living in economic deprivation are more likely to be overweight.

It can increase the risk of developing type two diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

PHE said health problems associated with excess weight cost the NHS over £5billion each year.

Reducing obesity and improving fitness is one of the main priorities set by Bexley Council’s health and wellbeing board.

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