More than half of Redbridge residents now overweight or obese

More than half of people in Redbridge are overweight or obese, according to new figures.

Public Health England (PHE) found that 55 per cent of residents were over a healthy weight as gauged by the body mass index.

Although the figure is below the average for London and England, the authority said levels are still “worryingly high”.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, London director at PHE, said: “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 Redbridge 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.

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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 Redbridge Council’s health and wellbeing board.

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