City’s big weight problem

More than half of all adults in Sheffield are described as obese or overweight.

Statistics from Public Health England show just under 60% of people aged over 16 in the city are carrying too much weight, putting themselves at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer – and increasing pressure on the NHS.

GP Dr Ollie Hart – who is leading a campaign which aims to make Sheffield the nation’s fittest city – said the figures are a result of people ‘eating more and moving less’.

The figures were based on height and weight measurements collected over the past two years through a survey run by Sport England.

Dr Hart, of the Sloan Medical Centre in Heeley, said: “It has never been cheaper and easier to consume high calorie foods and drinks. Our modern environment makes it ever harder to stay active and on the move, with sitting jobs and automated travel.”