Fears that the obesity crisis in Britain could get worse have been fuelled by a study showing the UK is ahead of America as the world's leading fast food nation.
According to a poll carried out by BBC World and market research firm Synovate, more people in the UK liked fast food "too much to give it up" than those in 12 other countries.
And unhealthy food choices were blamed for being the main cause of obesity by people questioned in the UK.
Some 9,000 people were polled and researchers found that 45% of UK respondents agreed with the statement: "I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up".
This was the highest percentage of all countries surveyed, beating the US into second place, where 44% of those questioned agreed with the statement.
Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of the charity Diabetes UK, said: "This survey is a sad indictment of current eating habits in the UK.
"Obesity is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition which can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.
"Soaring obesity levels mean that 100,000 new cases are diagnosed every year."
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