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Two-thirds of East Lancashire people overweight - but Burnley is slimming

Lancashire Telegraph: Two-thirds of East Lancashire people overweight - but Burnley is slimming Two-thirds of East Lancashire people overweight - but Burnley is slimming

TWO-thirds of people in East Lancashire are overweight or obese, according to a new league table of the fattest towns and cities.

But the biggest surprise in the data, which has been published for the first time by Public Health England, was that Burnley ranked below the national average and was the ‘thinnest’ of our six boroughs, having ranked highly in previous studies.

Rossendale was the ‘fattest’ borough in East Lancashire, where 69.1per cent of adults had a body mass index of 25 or over, compared to the national average of 63.8per cent.

Blackburn with Darwen, 67.9 per cent, Pendle, 67.7per cent, and Hyndburn, 67.5per cent, were also well above the national average, with the Ribble Valley slightly above average at 64.4per cent.

Azhar Ali, chairman of Lancashire County Council’s health and wellbeing board, said: “This is good news for Burnley, but we need to look at East Lancashire together and focus on getting more good quality, higher paid jobs in the area, so people can afford to change their lifestyles.

“There’s a lot of poverty here and things like ‘five a day’ sound easy on paper, but often people find it a struggle to afford things like fish or fresh fruit and vegetables.

“We are looking at focusing resources on childhood activities and helping parents make the right choices, but at the end of the day it is down to individual choice.”

The fattest local authority area was Copeland in west Cumbria, where 75.9per cent of people are overweight or obese, followed by Doncaster, 74.4per cent, and East Lindsey in Lincolnshire, 73.8per cent.

The thinnest boroughs include several in London, such as Kensington and Chelsea, 45.9%, and Richmond upon Thames, 47.6%.

Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “The overall figure of 64per cent is bad enough but when figures rise to around 80per cent for some areas, one has to believe the problem may be insurmountable.”

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12:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Lets be honest. What would you rather have, a pie or a salad?
Lets be honest. What would you rather have, a pie or a salad? shytalk
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12:22pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mmickk says...

If you look at the cost of pies and pizza and all the unhealthy foods available, healthy food is far cheaper. People are just to bone idle to cook a healthy meal. Its only more expensive when you buy it washed cut and ready prepared for the microwave. Quality frozen veg costs about £1 a kilo and its better than most fresh veg because its frozen within a couple of days. Fresh veg can be 2-3 weeks before it hits the table by then its lost all its goodness. Healthy eating is not down to costs its a way of life. Not to much health benefits come out of a kebab and ten lagers!
If you look at the cost of pies and pizza and all the unhealthy foods available, healthy food is far cheaper. People are just to bone idle to cook a healthy meal. Its only more expensive when you buy it washed cut and ready prepared for the microwave. Quality frozen veg costs about £1 a kilo and its better than most fresh veg because its frozen within a couple of days. Fresh veg can be 2-3 weeks before it hits the table by then its lost all its goodness. Healthy eating is not down to costs its a way of life. Not to much health benefits come out of a kebab and ten lagers! mmickk
  • Score: 7

3:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

frank says...

BMI isn't exactly the best way to decide if someone is overweight, it takes no account of muscle mass.
BMI isn't exactly the best way to decide if someone is overweight, it takes no account of muscle mass. frank
  • Score: 10

4:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

shytalk wrote:
Lets be honest. What would you rather have, a pie or a salad?
l would take a pie every single time, why do the people at the department of health always concern there selves with other peoples business ?if folks like to enjoy their food and put on weight then so be it, they should hi light more important things like children s access to on line ****,that is certainly not healthy,
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Lets be honest. What would you rather have, a pie or a salad?[/p][/quote]l would take a pie every single time, why do the people at the department of health always concern there selves with other peoples business ?if folks like to enjoy their food and put on weight then so be it, they should hi light more important things like children s access to on line ****,that is certainly not healthy, noddy57
  • Score: -1

5:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

Is Gregg's shutting down?
Is Gregg's shutting down? TONY WALES
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Timefor says...

Hey noddy57, you seen the bill to us taxpayers 'cos some folk decide to put too much of the wrong sort of food in their mouths? Yes, their decision - but our bill. I reckon that they're in denial about that link.

Funny though, if you look at photos/pictures of yester year it was the rich portrayed as fat now it often seems to be the poor - and the report's stats bear this out.
Hey noddy57, you seen the bill to us taxpayers 'cos some folk decide to put too much of the wrong sort of food in their mouths? Yes, their decision - but our bill. I reckon that they're in denial about that link. Funny though, if you look at photos/pictures of yester year it was the rich portrayed as fat now it often seems to be the poor - and the report's stats bear this out. Timefor
  • Score: 0

7:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Legal Beagle says...

Where on earth do they get these figures from? Nobody's asked me what I weigh.

The only reliable source of information about people's weight that I can think of would be GP surgeries and hospitals. But by definition there are likely to be more fat and obese people needing healthcare, so if this is where they get their figures from they're using a deeply flawed methodology.
Where on earth do they get these figures from? Nobody's asked me what I weigh. The only reliable source of information about people's weight that I can think of would be GP surgeries and hospitals. But by definition there are likely to be more fat and obese people needing healthcare, so if this is where they get their figures from they're using a deeply flawed methodology. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Timefor wrote:
Hey noddy57, you seen the bill to us taxpayers 'cos some folk decide to put too much of the wrong sort of food in their mouths? Yes, their decision - but our bill. I reckon that they're in denial about that link.

Funny though, if you look at photos/pictures of yester year it was the rich portrayed as fat now it often seems to be the poor - and the report's stats bear this out.
fair point timefor, but l stand by my comment its all about freedom of choice but at the same time we must curb some of the abusers of the system ie frequenting the hospital every other week for the same problem, if they are eating ten pies a day then they should eat 5 if they want treatment or is that not practical ?
[quote][p][bold]Timefor[/bold] wrote: Hey noddy57, you seen the bill to us taxpayers 'cos some folk decide to put too much of the wrong sort of food in their mouths? Yes, their decision - but our bill. I reckon that they're in denial about that link. Funny though, if you look at photos/pictures of yester year it was the rich portrayed as fat now it often seems to be the poor - and the report's stats bear this out.[/p][/quote]fair point timefor, but l stand by my comment its all about freedom of choice but at the same time we must curb some of the abusers of the system ie frequenting the hospital every other week for the same problem, if they are eating ten pies a day then they should eat 5 if they want treatment or is that not practical ? noddy57
  • Score: 1

10:01am Fri 7 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

"There’s a lot of poverty here and things like ‘five a day’ sound easy on paper, but often people find it a struggle to afford things like fish or fresh fruit and vegetables. "

What utter rubbish - fresh food is far cheaper than processed. Again, it's down to ignorance and laziness. Ignorance of what to do with it, and laziness of not being bothered to either find out. And the sheer bone idleness of not getting any exercise!!

How is it that given the fact that East Lancashire is (supposedly) so deprived that we are getting fatter? How can people who struggle to make ends meet be putting on weight? Doesn't make sense at all.
"There’s a lot of poverty here and things like ‘five a day’ sound easy on paper, but often people find it a struggle to afford things like fish or fresh fruit and vegetables. " What utter rubbish - fresh food is far cheaper than processed. Again, it's down to ignorance and laziness. Ignorance of what to do with it, and laziness of not being bothered to either find out. And the sheer bone idleness of not getting any exercise!! How is it that given the fact that East Lancashire is (supposedly) so deprived that we are getting fatter? How can people who struggle to make ends meet be putting on weight? Doesn't make sense at all. rudis_dad
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Copperhead says...

Nanny State Britain again.
They don't want us to smoke, to drink alcohol or eat anything THEY think is unhealthy.
It's not that the powers-that-be actually CARE about our health - it's all done to save money from the NHS bill so that they can spend it on their pet projects, be it benefits for immigrants, foreign aid, the arts or simply extra pay for MPs or public sector pensions.
It's like why they took away our guns - they weren't actually concerned about OUR safety ( a few dead peasants and their kids never bothered any government , ever ) , it was THEIR safety they were bothered about if the general population ever woke up to the fact that we all get screwed by our rulers and decided en masse to do something about it.
Nanny State Britain again. They don't want us to smoke, to drink alcohol or eat anything THEY think is unhealthy. It's not that the powers-that-be actually CARE about our health - it's all done to save money from the NHS bill so that they can spend it on their pet projects, be it benefits for immigrants, foreign aid, the arts or simply extra pay for MPs or public sector pensions. It's like why they took away our guns - they weren't actually concerned about OUR safety ( a few dead peasants and their kids never bothered any government , ever ) , it was THEIR safety they were bothered about if the general population ever woke up to the fact that we all get screwed by our rulers and decided en masse to do something about it. Copperhead
  • Score: 0

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