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The second fattest country in Europe: NHS chief declares war on waistlines as it’s revealed Britain is only behind Hungary in league table

Britain needs to ‘get back in shape’ if a public health catastrophe is to be avoided, the head of the NHS warns today. Simon Stevens is to launch a national anti-obesity drive in the new year – as a report finds Britain is now the second fattest country in Europe. In a clarion call to those recovering from the excesses of Christmas Day, Mr Stevens will ask GPs to identify tens of thousands of fat patients to be put on anti-diabetes programmes and offered lifestyle advice. The NHS England chief executive will say that losing just 5 to 7 per cent of weight can cut the chance of developing diabetes by almost 60 per cent, according to research. The warning comes as a study of 30 European nations found that only Hungary has fatter adults than Britain.

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