A more sedentary lifestyle, even kids rarely cycle or walk to school these days and then there is our online obsession, plus a better standard of living for some and a worse one for others, are all helping the nation spread, literally.
For those with a good standard of living there are rich treats to consume although often it is the poorest section of society that suffer an unhealthy weight gain. A lack of food health education added to a low income can easily pile on the pounds. Foods that can provide a quick cheap meal can also be fattening.
Fresh fruit and vegetables tend to come at a high price.
But education can help a little and even enable people to grow their own produce.
In the end though it is down to individuals and for some weight gain is an inevitable side-effect of their genes, their health conditions and their lifestyle.
In the UK citizens tend to complain about the strange and wacky rules and regulations that the country signs up for as an EU member. However new EU rules and regulations are cherry-picked and in the case of obesity being a disability it is cheaper to ignore that ruling.
But perhaps that is not a fair assessment. Simon Stevens, chief executive of the National Health Service, is rolling out a plan to tackle obesity head on.
In December 2014 - "The ghost of Christmases future tells us that if we get our act together - as the NHS, as parents, as schools, the food industry - we can get back in shape," he said, as quoted by the Telegraph. "The ghost of Christmases past reminds us that 20 years ago we didn’t have these problems as a nation.” He then took issue with the EU ruling that said the condition of being overweight could be considered a disability.
"Rather than recent daft judgments by the European court practically pretending that obesity is inevitable, in England in 2015 we're going to start proving that it isn't," he said.
You have to hope his tactics work. They will not be cheap but in the long run could save the NHS time and money.
As the UK rides high in the EU 'fatties' stakes, now at number two in this dreaded chart, the new scheme will have doctors make a list of their patients who have gained weight and maybe at risk of diabetes.
These individuals will then be qualified for diabetes exams as well as diet and exercise tips for maintaining healthy lifestyles.
Will there be a penalty for non-compliance other than poor health and fat hips?
The latest statistics show "24.7 percent of UK citizens classified as obese. The European average is 16.7 percent". Other countries riding high in the EU fat stakes tend to be poorer nations.
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