Boston

This Lincolnshire town has been named as the most obese in the UK

New figures have revealed that Boston is the most obese place in the UK, with more than one in three people in the town classed as overweight.

In a study conducted by fitness app WE:BO, using data from the Office of National Statistics, figures found Boston to be the most overweight place in the UK, with 34% obese.

These findings come from figures of people’s body mass index (BMI) in each town and city, which looks at excess body fat.

The top five most obese towns and cities in the UK included:

  • Boston, Lincolnshire
  • Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Rotherham, South Yorkshire
  • Fenland in Cambridgeshire

South Holland also made the top 20 list of most obese towns and cities in the UK, taking 12th place.

It was found that 30.1% of people in South Holland are obese.

The healthiest place in the UK was Cambridge, with no Lincolnshire towns/cities were ranked in the top 20.

Sanjeev Virdi, co-founder of WE:BO said: “Obesity has risen sharply in the last 10 years.

“As personal fitness trainers we were really interested in seeing if there was any correlation between obesity rates and things like average wages, the number of fast food outlets and even the number of gyms available.

“We have a responsibility in the UK to help those on lower wages to access to helpful and tailored exercise and nutrition advice. This can no longer be the preserve of the affluent and famous.”