13:25 23 February 2013
Based on recent research, it was found that one in ten children are obese before they start school. While 24per cent of men and 26per cent of women were classified as obese in 2011. When counting overweight and obese people altogether, 65per cent of men and 58per cent of women do not have healthy weights.
Diane Abbott, shadow public health minister, said: "These figures show British children and families paying the cost of this government’s total lack of leadership on this growing crisis, which is storing up huge problems and costs for our NHS, and for the country."
"The government is receiving warning after warning that it has a serious crisis on its hands, and that their strategy is not working, and yet David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt are simply not listening.
Tim Straughan, the chief executive of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, who compiled the data, said that soaring obesity rates are the direct effect of decline in healthy eating and lack of exercise.
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