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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Almost 70 per cent of adults in Cumbria are overweight

ALMOST 70 per cent of adults in Cumbria are overweight.

Information released by Public Health England has shown 68.3 per cent of adults in Cumbria are overweight.

This new data highlights for the first time the variation in the numbers of people who are overweight or obese across the country.

Even in the areas with lowest prevalence of people who are overweight and obese, levels are still high. Overweight and obesity are complex issues and influenced by a variety of factors, including social and economic deprivation and age.

The variation in levels of overweight and obesity across the area, and England as a whole, highlights the extent of the challenge faced by many local authorities.

On the positive side, as shown in previously published data from the Health Survey for England, the rate of increase in overweight and obese adults has slowed in recent years and in children, levels are stabilising.

However, welcome though this is, given the health problems associated with being overweight or obese there are no grounds for complacency.

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

Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health. Health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5bn each year.

Dr Jane Rossini, Cumbria & Lancashire Centre Director at Public Health England, said: “There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level. Local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population.”

“This new data will enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020. Today’s information will help local authorities to understand the extent of the problem in their area and support their on-going efforts to tackle overweight and obesity and improve the health of their local population.”

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