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Copeland fattest in England

According to the latest government figures, certain towns in the North of England have been labeled ‘fatties’ and it seems that Copeland is one of them.

However, leading weight-loss company Slim & Save ( of Stockton-On-Tees issued a word of caution on the findings. “We have clients across the UK and whilst we accept that there are areas in the UK which have a higher population of obese residents we think the government’s focus needs to be on the health and education sector rather than simply producing a list of ‘fat and thin’ towns. So we are calling for action NOW”, said Slim & Save manager Jackie Craggs.

The National Audit Office claims that the cost of obesity to the NHS is over £5 billion per year and the implication seems to be that it’s your own fault if you are overweight.

The Slim & Save spokesperson continued, “If we are to stop the growing costs to the economy (forecast of £50 billion a year by 2050) we call for urgent government action and intervention. We think that with a more thorough education on healthy eating and lifestyle, from an early age, then the obesity trend can be slowed and even reversed. As such, we intend to contact our local MP’s and explain were we feel the government is failing in regards to tackling obesity and, state our opinion for a more co-ordinated national approach to healthy lifestyle education. The key findings of the report are that the following regions are the ‘fattest’ in the country.

  • North East (68% are overweight or obese)
  • North West 66%
  • West Midlands 65.7%
  • East Midlands 65.6%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber 65.4%
  • East of England 65.1%
  • South East 63.1%
  • South West 62.7%
  • London 57.3%

The worst offenders in terms of specific towns were (in declining order): Copeland (Cumbria), Doncaster, East Lindsey (Lincs), Ryedale (N Yorks), Sedgemoor, Gosport, Castle Point (Essex), Bolsover (Derbys), County Durham and Milton Keynes.

The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea fared the best with only 45.9% of adults officially ‘obese’. According to the NHS an obese person is very overweight with a high degree of body fat. There are a number of ways a person's weight can be assessed. The most widely used method is body mass index.

Body mass index (BMI) is weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. Slim & Save has a BMI calculator at

  • if your BMI is between 25 and 29, you would be considered overweight
  • if your BMI is between 30 and 40, you would be considered obese
  • if your BMI is over 40, you would be considered very obese (known as "morbidly obese")

Slim & Save is so confident that it has vowed to help turn Copeland from a government branded ‘fat town’ into a ‘thin town’. The first 100 clients from Copeland to call us on 01642 762252 will receive a free sample of our meal replacement products along with our programme brochure explaining how to lose weight and maintain a healthy body. We also offer a live web chat support at for any residents of Copeland wishing to discuss their weight in privacy. Many of our existing clients in Cumbria also use our Slim & Save web forums to find weight-loss buddies locally.

You can read the report at the Daily Mail here: (link removed due to none https secure connection).

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