THE average borough resident is clinically overweight, according to new research.

New data indicates that the average borough resident has a Body Mass Index (BMI) – which is used to measure fat - of 26.1, whereas a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 25.

Epping residents also recorded an average of 26.1, putting them at risk of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

The BMI data was taken from a survey by Slimming World and YouGov, which polled a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 people about their height and weight and eating habits.

Slimming World manager for Waltham Forest and Epping, Christine Elliott, said: “The statistics are shocking and what is more worrying is their impact on our communities.

“Weight is a worry for so many of us. It affects how we feel, our happiness and wellbeing. Those who are overweight know they ought to do something about it, but many just don’t know where to turn for help.”

The survey revealed more than half of Londoners are overweight or obese.

Slimming World has launched a campaign to encourage people to lose even a small amount of weight, to help reduce the risks of obesity related conditions.

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