25 February 2013
Councillors in Kent are calling for a task force to be set up to combat the area's obesity problem.
Members of Medway Council want to see sport and healthy eating promoted in hospitals and schools, the BBC reported.
It comes after figures put Medway near the top of the obesity league table for England, with 30 per cent of adults in Medway classed as obese. This is compared to the average for England of 24.2 per cent, figures cited in a report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges show.
Medway councillor Tristan Osborne told the BBC the task force should be set up from April.
"It should look at a number of issues surrounding obesity," he said.
"First of all, looking at the food they are serving people in hospital, secondly looking at the quality of food being served to pupils in schools, including in our academies, and thirdly where the council can more actively lead around school sports.
Recent research from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed the number of people in England being admitted to hospital because of obesity has tripled in five years.