Health time bomb on remote British island where 75 per cent of population are overweight

The remote British island of St Helena is facing a health time bomb with seven in 10 adults now overweight or obese while half of its young people still smoke regularly.

The volcanic outpost in the South Atlantic, has a population of just 4,534 yet many people suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

According to the island’s Health Directorate, 75 per cent of adults and 40 per cent of children are now overweight or obese, 30 per cent have high blood pressure and 25 per cent have diabetes – in contrast to just six per cent of the British mainland population.

The problem lies in St Helena’s isolation with islanders dependent on imported processed food which can survive…