More than two thirds of the town is overweight says report

More than two thirds of the town is overweight says report

More than two thirds of the town is overweight says report

First published in News

MORE than two thirds of adults in Warrington are overweight or obese, according to latest figures.

Public Health England found adults in the town were second to Halton in a Merseyside and Cheshire obesity table with 70 per cent of adults tipping the scales.

Mel Sirotkin, Cheshire and Merseyside centre director at Public Health England, said: “Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Cheshire and Merseyside supporting our local authorities to develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight.

“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.

“This latest 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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3:32pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Warrington Wife says...

For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping!
For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping! Warrington Wife
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6:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

tizman says...

We can't all be size 10 perfect unfortunately :(
We can't all be size 10 perfect unfortunately :( tizman
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6:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Warrington Wife says...
For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping!

BRAVO Warrington Wife, Well said. The same thing has been expressed on here many many times. But WBC have cloth ears unless it concerns putting up parking fee,s and fines.
Warrington Wife says... For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping! BRAVO Warrington Wife, Well said. The same thing has been expressed on here many many times. But WBC have cloth ears unless it concerns putting up parking fee,s and fines. old-codger
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8:45pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Karlar says...

Warrington Wife wrote:
For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping!
You don't have to eat the fast food if you don't want to. I agree with your comments on the skewed parking policy of WBC. But that is not the cause of Warrington's obesity problem, that's down to the simple fact that many people over eat and apparently don't know when to stop. Maybe we can't all be the perfect size 10, but many of us need to cut down on our food intake and have a more balanced diet.
[quote][p][bold]Warrington Wife[/bold] wrote: For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping![/p][/quote]You don't have to eat the fast food if you don't want to. I agree with your comments on the skewed parking policy of WBC. But that is not the cause of Warrington's obesity problem, that's down to the simple fact that many people over eat and apparently don't know when to stop. Maybe we can't all be the perfect size 10, but many of us need to cut down on our food intake and have a more balanced diet. Karlar
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7:50am Thu 6 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

Warrington Wife wrote:
For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping!
Well if people eat in all 8 no wonder they are overweight.
[quote][p][bold]Warrington Wife[/bold] wrote: For a start stop the influx of fast food take outs on Bridge St, we have 7-8 in a 200m vacinity, surely that isn't helping![/p][/quote]Well if people eat in all 8 no wonder they are overweight. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 2

8:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

moleogod says...

yeah i am still a bit overweight but i am also 5 stone lighter than i was this time last year
yeah i am still a bit overweight but i am also 5 stone lighter than i was this time last year moleogod
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9:04am Thu 6 Feb 14

TherealLB says...

I'm amazed it's only 70%.
I'm amazed it's only 70%. TherealLB
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9:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

PhillyD says...

What do you expect when burgers and chicken nuggets are cheaper than fruit and veg....its not a big mystery its finance. Make healthy stuff cheaper than the bad stuff and it will sort itself out. Offer people lessons on cooking so they dont rely on take aways. The number of take aways only appear because their is a demand for them. Remove the demand you remove the problem....
What do you expect when burgers and chicken nuggets are cheaper than fruit and veg....its not a big mystery its finance. Make healthy stuff cheaper than the bad stuff and it will sort itself out. Offer people lessons on cooking so they dont rely on take aways. The number of take aways only appear because their is a demand for them. Remove the demand you remove the problem.... PhillyD
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10:30am Thu 6 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

While accepting that it is newsworthy that Warrington scores higher than some areas in the Blubber League, I wonder about the 70% figure (and indeed the accuracy of figures nationally)

I wonder what basis they used for their figures? BMI is a very dubious way of measuring, and, for example, does not take into account muscle which weighs more than fat - an awful lot of athletes are obese under BMI.

Also, to what degree are people overweight - is it just a couple of pounds over in the majority of cases - with only a small number seriously obese?

Where did the figure come from? Is it from those who have been weighed by their doctors while being examined for various health conditions (including where weight may be a factor) - in which case there will be a higher number than the general population.
While accepting that it is newsworthy that Warrington scores higher than some areas in the Blubber League, I wonder about the 70% figure (and indeed the accuracy of figures nationally) I wonder what basis they used for their figures? BMI is a very dubious way of measuring, and, for example, does not take into account muscle which weighs more than fat - an awful lot of athletes are obese under BMI. Also, to what degree are people overweight - is it just a couple of pounds over in the majority of cases - with only a small number seriously obese? Where did the figure come from? Is it from those who have been weighed by their doctors while being examined for various health conditions (including where weight may be a factor) - in which case there will be a higher number than the general population. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 3

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