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Southern England Far Healthier Than the North

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Last year was the first year the profiles were compiled, but this year they go into unprecedented detail.

Dr Ruth Hussey, regional director of public health for the North West, said: "We hope that by highlighting how and why individuals in the region continue to experience poorer health it will prompt people to take action to improve health for everyone in the North West.

"There are many factors that influence our wellbeing and quality of life. Health services play an important part for some health problems; however, there are also many other actions that can help to improve wellbeing."

She called for continued action on housing, poverty, crime, unemployment, education and the environment to be aligned to support healthier lifestyles.

It is only when it comes to the obesity that the geographic trend is bucked somewhat, although social deprivation still played a role.

The lowest levels are, once again, in Kensington and Chelsea, where just 14.6 per cent of adults are considered as obese.

However, the east coast town of Boston in Lincolnshire is home to England's fattest people, where one-third of adults (31 per cent) are considered clinically obese.

The national figure is 21.8 per cent.

A Department for Health spokesman said: "It's fair to say these figures show the South is healthier than the North in general, but this has been known for some time. The North East has particular challenges to face.

"Equally you can see for the first time that within an apparently healthy local authority there are pockets of deprivation and there are areas where work needs to be done."


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