The UK now tops the European obesity chart according to new UN figures with numbers of overweight people set to soar over the next 30 years.
Obesity is the biggest public health crisis facing the UK today according to medical professor.
Fast food and our reliance on the car, TV, computers and desk-bound jobs is fuelling weight gain.
Obesity is closely linked to deprivation levels.
With 24.9% of adults now medically classified as obese, the UK is now top of the European league tables, a United Nations Food and Agricultural report has found. This is almost 60% higher than Europe's slim man, France on 15.6% of obese adults.
The report shows that obesity levels have trebled in the last 30 years and that if this trend continues, over half of all British adults will be obese by 2050.
Professor Terence Stephenson from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges says: " It is no exaggeration to say that it is the biggest public health crisis facing the UK today". The UK has become an "obese society" where being overweight is "normal" and is a trend that will take many decades to reverse. "The consequences for the health of our society are severe including diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and people dying needlessly from avoidable diseases". he added.
Consumption of high-calorie fast food, excessive drinking coupled with a more sedentary lifestyle and less exercise has had and is having a devastating effect on the British population, and these increased levels of obesity are being seen primarily in areas of severe deprivation and financial hardship. Hastings is one of the most deprived areas in the south of England and has a high percentage of obese people.