Guernsey's obesity figures described as 'fairly alarming'

Guernsey's latest obesity figures have been described as "fairly alarming" by the island's director of public health.

Dr Stephen Bridgman said 20% of Guernsey residents were now obese, double the number recorded locally in the 1970s and 1980s.

He said the figures were taken from research with the island's Chest and Heath Unit and also health surveys.

He added that work was under way to implement an obesity strategy approved by the States in 2009.

The strategy's 27 proposals were suggested by the Health and Social Services Department.

They included taking on new dieticians and working with businesses to promote healthy living.

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