Almost two thirds of people in Worcestershire overweight or obese

Almost two thirds of people in Worcestershire overweight or obese

Almost two thirds of people in Worcestershire overweight or obese

First published in News

ALMOST two thirds of people in Worcestershire are overweight or obese, new figures have shown.

Data was released this week showing 63.8 per cent of people across the whole of England have a body mass index of 25 or over, classing them as overweight or obese.

Worcestershire is slightly higher than this, with 65.5 per cent of people overweight while the West Midlands, where 65.7 per cent are at an unhealthy weight, is England’s second fattest region next to the North East at 68 per cent.

Director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England Professor Kevin Fenton said he hoped the figures would give local authorities a better picture of what they needed to do to bring down obesity levels in their areas.

"People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type two diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers,” he said.

"Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health.

“Overall health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5 billion each year.

"There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity – it is a complex issue that requires action at individual, family, local and national levels. We can all play our part in this by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being more active."

Cumbria ranks as the country’s fattest county with 68.3 per cent of people overweight or obese, followed by North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, both at 67.9 per cent.

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6:47pm Tue 4 Feb 14

AlisonP01 says...

May I suggest a totally different tactic for the Health Authority and Government to employ?

Make Gym Membership available to those more than one stone overweight, absolutely free of charge. In these difficult times, people cannot afford to pay for themselves but would almost certainly benefit from the camaraderie of working with others in the same weight battle. They would also have access to the knowledge and support of the Gym staff who would guide them in the sensible way to exercise and lose weight.

Please - can we try this more constructive approach that might benefit so many people and offer this healthier, more cost effective treatment than pills or gastric band operations?
May I suggest a totally different tactic for the Health Authority and Government to employ? Make Gym Membership available to those more than one stone overweight, absolutely free of charge. In these difficult times, people cannot afford to pay for themselves but would almost certainly benefit from the camaraderie of working with others in the same weight battle. They would also have access to the knowledge and support of the Gym staff who would guide them in the sensible way to exercise and lose weight. Please - can we try this more constructive approach that might benefit so many people and offer this healthier, more cost effective treatment than pills or gastric band operations? AlisonP01
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11:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Andy-Apache says...

Hilarious that only two stories down is an article about Worcestershire people being the most active - now we're the fattest! Which is it? I'm confused!
Hilarious that only two stories down is an article about Worcestershire people being the most active - now we're the fattest! Which is it? I'm confused! Andy-Apache
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