The latest NHS Health Survey for England has revealed the West Midlands has one of the nation’s fattest waistlines.
The bulging waistlines among both men and women in the West Midlands and the country more widely have been identified by the annual health report - and the findings make for shocking reading.
Some 42 per cent of men aged 16 or over in the West Midlands had a ‘very high waist circumference’ last year, the highest in the country.
This was defined as a waist measuring 102cm or more all the way round, or at least a 40 inch waist. For women a ‘very high waist circumference’ is a minimum of 88cm, or between 34 and 35 inches.
According to the ASOS skirt size guide, this is equivalent to between a size 16 and 18.
Some 53 per cent of women in the region had a waist at least this size, the joint second-highest in England.
The figures for England more widely were 35 per cent for men and 47 per cent for women.
Unsurprisingly, the West Midlands’ sagging waistlines translate into a high overweight and obesity rate.
A shocking 68 per cent of adults in the region were overweight or obese in 2015, according to the NHS Health Survey for England.
Some 31 per cent of these people were obese.
The North East just edged out the West Midlands as the fattest region in England.
It had 69 per cent of adults as overweight and 34 per cent were obese.
Men in the West Midlands were more likely to be overweight or obese than women - by 71 per cent to 64 per cent.
Nothing to do with fluoride in the water of course?