Health pledge as North Yorkshire is named one of ‘fattest’ counties

York Press: Health pledge as North Yorkshire is named one of ‘fattest’ counties Health pledge as North Yorkshire is named one of ‘fattest’ counties

CITY of York Council has pledged to help reduce obesity levels after new figures showed North Yorkshire is one of the fattest counties in England.

Statistics published by Public Health England revealed 63.8 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more.

Cumbria is said to be the fattest, with 68.3 per cent of people overweight or obese, followed by North Yorkshire and Staffordshire, both on 67.9 per cent.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, York’s cabinet member for health, said that overweight or obese people had an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, and excess weight could also affect self-esteem and mental health.

She said: “City of York Council is committed to helping to reduce obesity levels in the city through a range of approaches including raising awareness of the health risks associated with being overweight and obese and monitoring the data trends from the National Child Measurement Programme by gathering height and weight measurements from school children in York.”

Coun Sonja Crisp, leisure cabinet member, said the Sport and Active Leisure team aimed to increase the number of people taking part in physical activity.

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10:35am Fri 7 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

start with your leader then
start with your leader then Archiebold the 1st

10:56am Fri 7 Feb 14

courier46 says...

I try not to get personal about peoples physical appearences but Alexander and some of his cronies should lead the way.Did I read they get biscuit expenses maybe start there,or maybe he`s getting his fill before been chucked out next year.
I try not to get personal about peoples physical appearences but Alexander and some of his cronies should lead the way.Did I read they get biscuit expenses maybe start there,or maybe he`s getting his fill before been chucked out next year. courier46

11:16am Fri 7 Feb 14

yorkshirelad says...

A serious issue and making personal jibes is not going to help. Keep the politics out of it please....and lets get on and tackle this as a whole community.

I would say that councils only have a part to play...some is national government policy and a lot is personal responsibility.

However, councils do have a role....educational, using monitoring data, ensuring people can lead active lifestyles (walking & cycling) and participate in sport. They must prioritise these areas even more than they do at present.
A serious issue and making personal jibes is not going to help. Keep the politics out of it please....and lets get on and tackle this as a whole community. I would say that councils only have a part to play...some is national government policy and a lot is personal responsibility. However, councils do have a role....educational, using monitoring data, ensuring people can lead active lifestyles (walking & cycling) and participate in sport. They must prioritise these areas even more than they do at present. yorkshirelad

11:42am Fri 7 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

yorkshirelad wrote:
A serious issue and making personal jibes is not going to help. Keep the politics out of it please....and lets get on and tackle this as a whole community. I would say that councils only have a part to play...some is national government policy and a lot is personal responsibility. However, councils do have a role....educational, using monitoring data, ensuring people can lead active lifestyles (walking & cycling) and participate in sport. They must prioritise these areas even more than they do at present.
agree but it was tongue in cheek. but i do believe in practicing what you preach.

Lets face it kids like play stations and hotdogs not salad and sport anymore. I was always a firm believer in more p.e. at school. Think I did 3 hours a week which isn’t enough. But in York I don’t think we have much of an issue. We do have a lot of sport facilities in all areas. Maybe one aspect is a new pool is required but other then that I can not think of anything we don’t have.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshirelad[/bold] wrote: A serious issue and making personal jibes is not going to help. Keep the politics out of it please....and lets get on and tackle this as a whole community. I would say that councils only have a part to play...some is national government policy and a lot is personal responsibility. However, councils do have a role....educational, using monitoring data, ensuring people can lead active lifestyles (walking & cycling) and participate in sport. They must prioritise these areas even more than they do at present.[/p][/quote]agree but it was tongue in cheek. but i do believe in practicing what you preach. Lets face it kids like play stations and hotdogs not salad and sport anymore. I was always a firm believer in more p.e. at school. Think I did 3 hours a week which isn’t enough. But in York I don’t think we have much of an issue. We do have a lot of sport facilities in all areas. Maybe one aspect is a new pool is required but other then that I can not think of anything we don’t have. Archiebold the 1st

11:52am Fri 7 Feb 14

courier46 says...

yorkshirelad wrote:
A serious issue and making personal jibes is not going to help. Keep the politics out of it please....and lets get on and tackle this as a whole community.

I would say that councils only have a part to play...some is national government policy and a lot is personal responsibility.

However, councils do have a role....educational, using monitoring data, ensuring people can lead active lifestyles (walking & cycling) and participate in sport. They must prioritise these areas even more than they do at present.
People will only do what they want to do regarding health and fitness and no amount of talking will change that.We are all bombarded by healthy bodies and keep fit so no excuses.As far as personal jibes, it is as the leader of the council which puts these things out his responsibility to lead by example
[quote][p][bold]yorkshirelad[/bold] wrote: A serious issue and making personal jibes is not going to help. Keep the politics out of it please....and lets get on and tackle this as a whole community. I would say that councils only have a part to play...some is national government policy and a lot is personal responsibility. However, councils do have a role....educational, using monitoring data, ensuring people can lead active lifestyles (walking & cycling) and participate in sport. They must prioritise these areas even more than they do at present.[/p][/quote]People will only do what they want to do regarding health and fitness and no amount of talking will change that.We are all bombarded by healthy bodies and keep fit so no excuses.As far as personal jibes, it is as the leader of the council which puts these things out his responsibility to lead by example courier46

1:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

courier46 wrote:
I try not to get personal about peoples physical appearences but Alexander and some of his cronies should lead the way.Did I read they get biscuit expenses maybe start there,or maybe he`s getting his fill before been chucked out next year.
I'm not defending councillors here, but I do read this paper and take in what I've read...

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[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: I try not to get personal about peoples physical appearences but Alexander and some of his cronies should lead the way.Did I read they get biscuit expenses maybe start there,or maybe he`s getting his fill before been chucked out next year.[/p][/quote]I'm not defending councillors here, but I do read this paper and take in what I've read... [quote]http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/10918373 .Council__heavyweigh ts__going_head_to_he ad_in_weight_loss_ch allenge/[/quote] Buzzz Light-year

1:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
courier46 wrote:
I try not to get personal about peoples physical appearences but Alexander and some of his cronies should lead the way.Did I read they get biscuit expenses maybe start there,or maybe he`s getting his fill before been chucked out next year.
I'm not defending councillors here, but I do read this paper and take in what I've read...

http://www.yorkpress

.co.uk/news/10918373

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I agree with you Buzz to some degree.

This challenge or 'fight' as they describe it is only until the 1st July. Lets hope that their experience can lead to long term healthy living and weight loss. However i will reserve judgement for now and see if what comes off stays off!
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: I try not to get personal about peoples physical appearences but Alexander and some of his cronies should lead the way.Did I read they get biscuit expenses maybe start there,or maybe he`s getting his fill before been chucked out next year.[/p][/quote]I'm not defending councillors here, but I do read this paper and take in what I've read... [quote]http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/10918373 .Council__heavyweigh ts__going_head_to_he ad_in_weight_loss_ch allenge/[/quote][/p][/quote]I agree with you Buzz to some degree. This challenge or 'fight' as they describe it is only until the 1st July. Lets hope that their experience can lead to long term healthy living and weight loss. However i will reserve judgement for now and see if what comes off stays off! TheTruthHurts

3:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

inthesticks says...

How anyone can believe these flawed stats is beyond me. No organisation has any way of knowing the weight of it`s entire population, it`s just absolute rubbish.
Having said that, if TSL and SC want to help the people of York and future generations, how about making it FREE for all children to participate in swimming, tennis and any other sport facility in the area?
And personal jibes about public figures do nothing but make our newspaper bar comments altogether.
How anyone can believe these flawed stats is beyond me. No organisation has any way of knowing the weight of it`s entire population, it`s just absolute rubbish. Having said that, if TSL and SC want to help the people of York and future generations, how about making it FREE for all children to participate in swimming, tennis and any other sport facility in the area? And personal jibes about public figures do nothing but make our newspaper bar comments altogether. inthesticks

5:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bloodaxe says...

Interesting that North Yorkshire is also one of England's wealthiest counties. We're led to believe that obesity is a function of deprivation. It would be be informative to see the figures for deprived city authority areas. No mention in this article of York per se. so jumping on the City Council seems a bit daft.
Interesting that North Yorkshire is also one of England's wealthiest counties. We're led to believe that obesity is a function of deprivation. It would be be informative to see the figures for deprived city authority areas. No mention in this article of York per se. so jumping on the City Council seems a bit daft. bloodaxe

9:33pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Eborwatch says...

An opportunity for the incoming Lord Mayor and some of our 'senior' councillors to lead by example. Perhaps they could jog around the city centre on Friday and Saturday evenings and see what is happening in our city.
An opportunity for the incoming Lord Mayor and some of our 'senior' councillors to lead by example. Perhaps they could jog around the city centre on Friday and Saturday evenings and see what is happening in our city. Eborwatch

11:37am Sat 8 Feb 14

Haddie Nuff says...

The statistics referred to are for individual local authorities. As a unitary authority, York figures aren't included in the stats for North Yorkshire of 67.9%. Figure for York is 58.4% which is well below national average.
The statistics referred to are for individual local authorities. As a unitary authority, York figures aren't included in the stats for North Yorkshire of 67.9%. Figure for York is 58.4% which is well below national average. Haddie Nuff

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