Britain is fat man of Europe

Britain has become the 'fat man' of Europe it was discovered in a government report yesterday. The revelation comes as the gap between the healthy and unhealthy of the North and South hints at a stretched divide across the country. Surrey is reported as being the healthiest county in the South, whereas its counter part Kingston Upon Hull has been labelled the unhealthy parallel. Boston in Lincolnshire has topped first place as the most obese town. But the report also suggests that the number of obese children rose 40% since 1995 and is increasing. The life expectancy of a man in the North is two years shorter than the South. Government Ministers have called for more 'personal responsibility' rather than state intervention. But Opposition Ministers disagree claiming that there needs to be more intervention from the state as well as personal responsibility. Two of the other countries with a problem are the United States and Mexico. Britain surges in front of other European countries such as Italy and France with its obesity rate of 24%. Being obese is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30. Overweight people are said to have a body mass index of more than 25.