Lincolnshire town sheds 'fat' label

A Lincolnshire town known for its overweight population has gone from "fat to fit", according to the local borough council.

Boston has seen an "amazing" increase" in residents taking part in recreation, officials said.

Sport England figures show exercising rates increased from 14.6% of adults in 2005-06 to 21.9% in 2008-10.

The results measure the number of over 16s who do 30 minutes of active recreation at least three times a week.

A report in 2006 ranked Boston as the "fattest place in England" with almost one in three of the population rated as clinically obese.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership said the results were "amazing" with the town climbing from 237th out of 237 districts to 153rd place.

Overall in Lincolnshire, adult participation has also achieved a "significant increase" with a 3.9% increase from 2005-06 to a current level of 23%.

This result makes Lincolnshire the second highest performing county in the East Midlands, with Boston's contribution significant.

In October Boston's healthy walks scheme was revealed to be the best in the county for converting beginners into regular walkers.

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