Women in the North getting fatter faster
Women in the north of England are getting fatter and facing worsening health problems compared to their counterparts in the South, researchers have found.
Analysis of health surveys in England between 1993 and 2004 showed women living in the North are now 21% more likely to be obese than women in the South. In 1998, they were only 7% more likely to be obese.
Men in both the north and south of England were found to be 8% more likely to be obese over the 10-year period.
The researchers said the data from between 1993 and 2004 showed inequalities in cardiovascular disease and other weight-related conditions could be widening in some groups.