MORE than two thirds of adults in Warrington are overweight or obese, according to latest figures.

Public Health England found adults in the town were second to Halton in a Merseyside and Cheshire obesity table with 70 per cent of adults tipping the scales.

Mel Sirotkin, Cheshire and Merseyside centre director at Public Health England, said: “Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Cheshire and Merseyside supporting our local authorities to develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight.

“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.

“This latest information will help local authorities to understand the extent of the problem in their area and support their on-going efforts to tackle overweight and obesity and improve the health of their local population.”