Britain has a higher proportion of clinically obese women than any other European country, a new survey has revealed.
A shocking 23 per cent of British women are reported to be clinically obese, needing to lose at least two or three stone, with men only faring slightly better on 22.3 per cent.
The research, conducted by the EU's statistical office, placed Britain first in a list of the 27 EU member states in terms of obesity, with Germany and Malta coming second and third respectively.
Dr Colin Waine, a spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said that the health risks associated with obesity were "tremendous" and warned that the statistics were "going up exponentially".
"We need the government to work with food manufacturers to produce a diet which is nutritious but less dense in sugar, salt and fat," he claimed, adding that Britons also needed to become less reliant on motorised transport and more likely to walk or cycle.
A growing number of Britons are resorting to obesity surgery to combat their excess weight, especially those who have failed to lose weight by more natural methods.
Surgeons have noticed an increase in the number of women coming forward in the hopes of becoming pregnant, as many obese women find they are unable to conceive naturally and have natural births.
Independent advice on private healthcare