SIXTY-eight per cent of adults in South Tyneside are overweight, new figures have shown.
Public Health England (PHE) has revealed the shocking statistics.
This new data highlights for the first time the variation in the numbers of people who are overweight or obese across the country.
In the North East, the range is from 60.3 per cent to 72.5 per cent, depending on the local authority.
Dr Roberta Marshall, North East centre director for PHE, said: “There is no simple solution for reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level.
“Local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population.
“This new data will enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020.” South Tyneside is middle of the road when compared with the rest of the region’s obesity rates.
Newcastle had the lowest rates of 60.3 per cent of adults overweight, followed by Gateshead, at 61.9 per cent.
County Durham was the unhealthiest area, with 72.5 per cent of grown-ups unhealthy, followed by 71.9 per cent of people in Northumberland and 70.1 per cent of North Tynesiders.
Director of public health for South Tynside, Amanda Healy, said the problem in the borough is already being addressed as experts start educating youngsters on healthy eating and targeting those in need.
She recently told the Gazette: “Things are starting to change, just not as quickly as we would like.
“We have a massive challenge ahead, but we are confident that in the next three to five years people will start to see vast improvements.”