Britain’s chubbiest county is placing an “intolerable” burden on the NHS as four in five residents are classed as obese. Almost eighty percent of people living in Blaenau Gwent in Wales have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25, with some locals admitting to eating three takeaways a day.
Elaine, a carer in the town of Ebbw Vale, the fattest town in the county borough, told the Sun that her busy working day is to blame for her less-than-healthy nutritional choices.
The 17-stone woman starts work at 6am and doesn’t get home until 9pm, which she says gives her no time to cook a nourishing meal.
She said: “I know I’m way overweight but what can I do? I love my job but it leaves no time to prepare and cook decent food. I barely have enough time to go shopping for groceries, even.
“I’m absolutely exhausted when I get in at night, but also starving hungry, so I order a takeaway delivery most nights. It’s usually a curry or a pizza or kebab. Some days I’ll have all three.”
The carer admitted her lifestyle has put her on the precipice of diabetes and she is being monitored by her GP.
Residents said the lack of healthy food vendors in the area has heavily contributed to the growing number of expanding waistlines.
Blaenau Gwent had the highest proportion of fast food eateries in the UK, according to a bombshell 2018 report.
At that time 73 percent of the eateries in the area were pushing fast food – more than any other part of Britain.
Of the 75 restaurants in Blaenau Gwent, a mindblowing 55 were in that category.
Carer Elaine said there is a “clear link” between the availability of fatty junk food and obesity.
She revealed: “I know a lot of people who aren’t in work and they get takeaways because they’re easy and cheap.”
Such is the obesity crisis in the former industrial powerhouse, NHS workers that spoke to the publication said the epidemic is placing “intolerable” pressure on the health service.
One NHS staffer said people need to make radical changes before it’s too late.
One said: “Looking ahead five to ten years, the number of young and middle-aged people we’re seeing who are so overweight is going to put huge pressure on our health service.
“It is already intolerable, but it will only get worse. Much worse.”