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Obesity-related health issues on the rise in North-East

Recent data, produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), has revealed that the highest rate of hospital admissions for those suffering as a result of obesity was found the North-East.

The rate of primary admission was established to be 73 per 100,000 people, which is three times the national average.

Broken down by area, County Durham saw admissions of 103 per 100,000, the highest in the country, while Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside were not far behind. Looking at the patient’s gender, women are suffering disproportionately more with 106 admissions per 100,000 in the North-East, versus just 38 for men.

A Public Health England spokesman said:

“The figures do not come as a surprise as the North East has had high levels of obesity for a number of years.

“We know that deprivation and lifestyle choices are factors – but unfortunately, there is no simple solution for reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level.”

Gateshead Council’s director of public health, Carole Wood, said that over a million pounds was invested in tackling obesity each year. She added that services were currently being remodelled and that one-to-one care would be provided to families and their children, in a bid to promote healthy lifestyles.

One tactic that could reap dividends would be to try and improve the availability of healthy tuckshop foods in Tyne and Wear. After all, it is clearly the case that people will opt for unhealthy options when there are no obvious alternatives.

Posted by Susan
March 28, 2014
Health

1 Comment »

  1. This is an area of great concern in the North East. As the fruit to suit franchise owner for Tyne and Wear, my aim is to try and address the issue early by encouraging children to choose healthy snacks sold in their school tuck shops. This will hopefully filter through to the choices they make away from school too.

    Comment by Lisa Smith — April 1, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

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