Part of the government’s Department of Health, Public Health England are highlighting the extent of the challenge faced by local authorities.

Every year health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS a staggering £5 billion.

Dr Lola Abudu, from the Public Health England West Midlands Health and Wellbeing team, wants to develop a broad programme of action to reduce excess weight.

She said: “There is no single solution to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level. However, local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population.”

Obesity is a complex issue and influenced by a variety of factors, including social and economic deprivation and age.

Although the number of overweight and obese adults is still increasing, on the positive side, the rate of increase has slowed in recent years and in children, levels are stabilising.

However welcome though this is, given the health problems associated with being overweight, Public Health England says there are no grounds for complacency.

Dr Abudu hopes this new data will now enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020.

“Today’s information will help local authorities to understand the extent of the problem in their area and support their on-going efforts to tackle overweight and obesity and improve the health of their local population,” she said.

To read the data and to find out more visit www.noo.org.uk

West Midlands

% of adults who are overweight or obese

Birmingham

64.0%

Solihull

63.8%

Coventry

56.5%

Warwickshire

64.8%

Wolverhampton

69.8%

Walsall

68.9%

Sandwell

66.3%

Dudley

70.2%

Stoke

66.5%

Staffordshire

67.9%

Shropshire

62.5%

Telford & Wrekin

70.2%

Worcestershire

65.5%

Herefordshire

66.8%

West Midlands region

65.7%