BRITISH girls are the fattest in Europe, says a study.
Girls under 20 top a league table of 22 nations in Western Europe, with 29.2 per cent being overweight and obese.
Of those, eight per cent of the girls meet the clinical definition of obese.
Older British women are also battling the pounds with 57 per cent classified as fat – the third highest after Iceland and Malta.
Estimates from a global study for 2013 found 66.6 per cent of men in the UK are fat.
This places them fifth in the European league table.
An estimated 26 per cent of British boys under 20 are overweight and obese – placing them 10th.
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.
But the rise in adult obesity has slowed down.