Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union has found that of 19 European countries England has the highest number of obese women.
The data shows that between 2008 and 2009, 23.9% of UK women were recorded as being obese. These figures are based upon data from England, although many surveys suggest that the percentage of obese adults in the rest of the UK would push this figure up to 28%.
Obesity is the term used to describe anyone who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is above a certain level. The calculation used to determine BMI takes into account a persons height and weight and is intended to estimate the percentage of body fat they are carrying.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley recently spoke up about the rising obesity rates in the UK, and said that he hopes to see these percentages reduced by 2020.
Lansley has said that individuals should be more aware and honest with themselves about what they are eating and drinking and said that overall, Britain needs to be eating five billion fewer calories a day than at present.
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