Size of the Island's obesity problem revealed

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

OBESITY and overweight levels on the Isle of Wight are the second highest in the region, figures have revealed today (Tuesday).

Public Health England (PHE) has released data that showed almost two thirds of adult Islanders were obese or overweight, leaving them at increased risk of health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes and mental health and self-esteem issues.

On the Island, 64.9 per cent of adults were classed as obese or overweight, compared to 65.1 per cent for Hampshire, the highest 2012 Wessex regional figure.

Nationally the average was 64 per cent, according to a spokesman.

Dr Jim O’Brien, Wessex PHE centre director, said: "Public Health England is committed to helping tackle the levels of people who are overweight and obese in Wessex by supporting our local authorities to develop a broad programme of action to reduce levels of excess weight.

"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."

Health problems relating to obesity cost the NHS £5 billion a year according to PHE.

See the figures below and read more on this story in the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, February 7.

Percentage of adults who are overweight or obese
Hampshire 65.1%
Isle of Wight 64.9%
Southampton 64.8%
Dorset 62.4%
Bournemouth 58.7%
Portsmouth 57.9%
Poole 57.6%

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