Time to relax and breathe out, Bromley!

Those in the south-east London borough must have been successfully watching their waistlines as new figures reveal the borough is among England's ten "thinnest" regions.

Figures from the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) pinpoint the number of people in each region who were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity in 2014/15.

Bromley came in at number seven of the areas with the lowest obesity admissions per 100,000 - at 297.

In the top three for slenderness were Richmond (238), Kingston-upon-Thames (252) and Rutland in the East Midlands (274).


Wirral in Merseyside was crowned the fattest region, with 2,894 admissions per 100,000.

But obesity is still not an issue to be taken lightly.

In 2014, 58% of women and 65% of men in England were overweight or obese, the figures show.

HSCIC said obesity prevalence has increased from 15% in 1993 to 26% in 2014.