SPECIAL REPORT: East Lindsey area third in obese and overweight table

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A shocking 73.8 per cent of people aged 16 or over in East Lindsey are classed as carrying excess weight – the third highest in England.

The figures from Public Health England show that nationally, 64 per cent of people in this age group are overweight or obese, that is have a Body Max Index of 25 or above.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive county councillor for adult care and health, said: “There are pockets in Lincolnshire where this is more of an issue, and it seems to be linked to factors like deprivation, rurality and people leading more sedentary lifestyles. Some communities are more reliant on cheap processed foods with hidden calories and fat, or may have difficulty accessing leisure facilities.”

She added: “We commission preventative services to reduce the risk of people becoming overweight and obese, such as healthy eating classes and exercise sessions, targeted at the communities where they are most needed. We also support those trying to lose weight, with weight management programmes.”

In 2010/11, between 8,000 and 9,000 people had participated in locally commissioned activity programmes in Lincolnshire, and 4000 adults per year in Lincolnshire are currently benefitting from a free 12-week Weight Watchers programme. Both of these are available to people through their GPs.”

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE said: “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. Many local authorities are already working hard to reduce obesity levels and these new data will help all local areas monitor their progress in tackling these long standing problems. Public Health England is committed to supporting local government and the local NHS.”

People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

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.

Where else is overweight and obese?

63.8% of adults in England have higher than normal BMI.

Copeland, West Cumbria, is worst with 75.9% overweight or obese.

Other hotspots are Doncaster (74.4%), and Ryedale, North Yorks- (73.7%).

BMI is calculated by looking at weight and height.