Britain’s women have been identified as the fattest in Europe, while their male counterparts did not fare much better in a new study.
Data agency Eurostat has revealed figures that show the UK’s female population is the heaviest in the continent, with 23.9 per cent of all girls on these shores classified as obese.
Meanwhile, more than 22 per cent of the country’s men are also said to be carrying too much weight – a number beaten only by the guys of Malta.
Statisticians compared data from the year 2008 to 2009 relating to overweight and obese populations in the 19 European nations it was available for.
Malta’s ladies finished second to the UK’s in the table, while more than 20 per cent of Latvia’s girls were deemed to be too chunky, meaning it secured third spot.
The dubious honour of completing the top three behind Malta and the UK when it came to male obesity rates went to Hungary.
Europe’s skinniest lasses can be found in Italy, where only 9.3 per cent are obese, while Bulgaria and France were also highlighted as homes to those with smaller figures.
The study’s results come just weeks after the UK’s health secretary Andrew Lansley revealed his plan to tackle obesity problems by 2020.
Original article published in Metro: 26/11/2011