A healthy lifestyle consultant is calling on Spalding parents to set an example after a report revealed British girls are the fattest in Europe.
Girls under 20 top a league table of 22 nations in Western Europe, with 29.2 per cent being overweight and obese.
Older British women are also battling the pounds, with 57 per cent classified as fat – third highest after Iceland and Malta.
The report from the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, published in The Lancet, says there has been an increase in obese children in developed countries.
Patricia Everett, who is based at Salon 14 in The Crescent, said she rarely sees young people walking around town eating healthy food.
She said: “Down here they are eating sweets and in other parts of the town you are more likely to see young people walking around with a bag of chips than something healthy.
“The latest statistics on obesity are shocking but if parents lead the way and teenagers see the benefits, they will follow.”
Patricia is a consultant for the Cambridge Health and Weight Plan, which she says offers a medically approved healthy eating plan ideal for teenagers.
She said: “It offers a modern recipe book full of things all the family can enjoy, such as wraps and pasta. Once families feel and look better it can change their life.”