Only 2.5 per cent of local budgets being used to treat obesity

New statistics show that only a small amount of local council health budgets are being used to help treat obesity.

The data, which was released by obesity charity Hoop, was found through a Freedom of Information request. It found that only 2.5 per cent of local budgets were being spent on adult obesity and less than one per cent is being spent on treating child obesity.

Figures were taken from 109 local authorities across England and Wales. Experts say that the results show that Britain is well on target to fulfil a prediction that half of the British population will be obese by 2050.

Talking about the results, Jill Tipton, Hoop's co-director and a spokeswoman, told "This report echoes the experiences of our members that quality obesity services are not available. It is hard to understand why other public health issues take a disproportionate share of the public health allocation when the direct and indirect costs of obesity are so much higher."

Meanwhile, a Welsh doctor has also spoken out against cuts to the country's leisure services this week, claiming it will affect obesity levels.

Doctor Nadim Haboubi, a specialist in the field, told that the cuts could have "depressing, alarming and disastrous" impact on obesity levels. The Welsh government says the cuts are "unavoidable" however.