Child health stats reveal 4,000 York youngsters living in poverty

Dr Paul-Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council's director of health and wellbeing

Dr Paul-Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council's director of health and wellbeing

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ALMOST 4,000 York children are living below the poverty line but the health of the city's youngsters is mostly better than the UK average, official figures have revealed.

Child health statistics released by Public Health England show the city has "significantly" fewer children under four being taken to A&E departments and under-18s being admitted to hospital after drinking, compared to the national picture. It also performs well on MMR immunisations, birthweights and levels of family homelessness.

In 2012/13, 157 reception-age children and 267 Year Six pupils were classified as obese, both below the national average. However, 193 people aged between ten and 24 were treated in hospital after self-harming that year, the one area where York is "significantly worse" than the UK average.

Last year, City of York Council research said 4,575 York children were living in poverty, about 13 per cent of the total. The latest health snapshot showed that figure has fallen to 3,995 but the percentage remains about the same, possibly due to fluctuating age patterns, although it is 7.5 per cent better than the average for England.

2012 saw 2,095 live births in York, raising the number of children aged 19 and under to 43,500. Girls are expected to live to 83, three-and-a-half years longer than boys, with York beating national and regional life-expectancy averages, and under-20s now make up more than a fifth of York's population.

City of York Council’s director of health and wellbeing, Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, said: “It is pleasing to see York is faring well compared to our neighbours and the UK generally, and that York’s children are healthy and well overall.

“York’s low birthweight figures, number of overweight Year 6 children and MMR immunisation rate are all above the national average and must continue to be. The areas we fared less well in are of a concern to me and I will be working with colleagues to understand what can be done to improve the situation.”

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for health, said there was "no room for complacency" over children's health and she was concerned at the obesity figures and their implications for long-term health.

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12:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

meme says...

Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise
Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat.
If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them
Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them meme
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1:54pm Thu 20 Mar 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Whilst I am sure there is no room for complacency, I think you need to look at your definition of poverty if there is 4,000 children in York living in poverty. If you go to the townships in South Africa, the tips in India, Mexico or many other places around the world, then that's poverty.
Whilst I am sure there is no room for complacency, I think you need to look at your definition of poverty if there is 4,000 children in York living in poverty. If you go to the townships in South Africa, the tips in India, Mexico or many other places around the world, then that's poverty. AnotherPointofView
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3:01pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

I can't say we've learnt anything new from this article. An important subject that you have successfully contributed nothing to York Press.
I can't say we've learnt anything new from this article. An important subject that you have successfully contributed nothing to York Press. MouseHouse
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3:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

meme wrote:
Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them
Obesity is nothing to do with exercise – It is 100% attributed to what people shove down their fat faces.

This is what makes a mockery of FAT people claiming to be living in poverty.

There is absolutely no poverty in York, as explained by AnotherPointofView
People need to reality check!!
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them[/p][/quote]Obesity is nothing to do with exercise – It is 100% attributed to what people shove down their fat faces. This is what makes a mockery of FAT people claiming to be living in poverty. There is absolutely no poverty in York, as explained by AnotherPointofView People need to reality check!! YorkPatrol
  • Score: -4

3:57pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

Wasn't this yesterday's story that has been republished? I seem to remember quoting from it! Oh well, obviously a 'no-news' today. Press and comments moderated!
Wasn't this yesterday's story that has been republished? I seem to remember quoting from it! Oh well, obviously a 'no-news' today. Press and comments moderated! Digeorge
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6:03pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Omega Point says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
meme wrote: Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them
Obesity is nothing to do with exercise – It is 100% attributed to what people shove down their fat faces. This is what makes a mockery of FAT people claiming to be living in poverty. There is absolutely no poverty in York, as explained by AnotherPointofView
�� People need to reality check!!
Meme's opening comment is accurate. Do little or no exercise and you will put on weight. What of certain athletes who are not overweight but eat above average calories, they prove Meme's first point.. So you are wrong YorkPatrol is does have something to do with exercise as well as calorific intake
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them[/p][/quote]Obesity is nothing to do with exercise – It is 100% attributed to what people shove down their fat faces. This is what makes a mockery of FAT people claiming to be living in poverty. There is absolutely no poverty in York, as explained by AnotherPointofView �� People need to reality check!![/p][/quote]Meme's opening comment is accurate. Do little or no exercise and you will put on weight. What of certain athletes who are not overweight but eat above average calories, they prove Meme's first point.. So you are wrong YorkPatrol is does have something to do with exercise as well as calorific intake Omega Point
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7:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

oi oi savaloy says...

why is this story here twice??

copy and paste my first comment ....
with this blokes and kersten englands obscene wage packet (over £300,000 p.a.) they could help a few kiddies out! also why not dip into kersten englands NESTA charity funds which is in the region of 360 million!! and they have the cheek to even talk about poverty! dig deep paul instead of scooting off on one of your many many holidays!!!!!

what do NESTA do exactly???
why is this story here twice?? copy and paste my first comment .... with this blokes and kersten englands obscene wage packet (over £300,000 p.a.) they could help a few kiddies out! also why not dip into kersten englands NESTA charity funds which is in the region of 360 million!! and they have the cheek to even talk about poverty! dig deep paul instead of scooting off on one of your many many holidays!!!!! what do NESTA do exactly??? oi oi savaloy
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9:14am Fri 21 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Omega Point wrote:
YorkPatrol wrote:
meme wrote: Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them
Obesity is nothing to do with exercise – It is 100% attributed to what people shove down their fat faces. This is what makes a mockery of FAT people claiming to be living in poverty. There is absolutely no poverty in York, as explained by AnotherPointofView
���� People need to reality check!!
Meme's opening comment is accurate. Do little or no exercise and you will put on weight. What of certain athletes who are not overweight but eat above average calories, they prove Meme's first point.. So you are wrong YorkPatrol is does have something to do with exercise as well as calorific intake
I am sorry to say that it is you that is incorrect – Not just incorrect but totally and frightening inaccurate. Do some research before commenting!

A simple analogy of my point and indeed the actual facts is that is a person ate only 4oz’s of lettuce a day they would NOT put on weight even if they didn’t move for 24hr’s a day. Increase this diet to include small potions of fresh fish, veg and fruit etc the outcome would be the same

You do NOT have to actively exercise to remain in good shape… it’s all about diet

Maybe you gained your in-depth knowledge from a local gym promotional flyer?
[quote][p][bold]Omega Point[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Obesity problems are generally due to too many calories vs too little exercise Nearly everyone can do some gentle exercise and moderate what/when they eat. If people have not got that message over the years then there is something wrong with them[/p][/quote]Obesity is nothing to do with exercise – It is 100% attributed to what people shove down their fat faces. This is what makes a mockery of FAT people claiming to be living in poverty. There is absolutely no poverty in York, as explained by AnotherPointofView ���� People need to reality check!![/p][/quote]Meme's opening comment is accurate. Do little or no exercise and you will put on weight. What of certain athletes who are not overweight but eat above average calories, they prove Meme's first point.. So you are wrong YorkPatrol is does have something to do with exercise as well as calorific intake[/p][/quote]I am sorry to say that it is you that is incorrect – Not just incorrect but totally and frightening inaccurate. Do some research before commenting! A simple analogy of my point and indeed the actual facts is that is a person ate only 4oz’s of lettuce a day they would NOT put on weight even if they didn’t move for 24hr’s a day. Increase this diet to include small potions of fresh fish, veg and fruit etc the outcome would be the same You do NOT have to actively exercise to remain in good shape… it’s all about diet Maybe you gained your in-depth knowledge from a local gym promotional flyer? YorkPatrol
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9:22am Fri 21 Mar 14

meme says...

its common sense that its a mix of both diet and exercise.
eat lots, do no exercise and get fat. Eat v little, do no exercise and get ill!!
Eat reasonably and do reasonable exercise and stay healthy...simple
I am not advocating people spend 2 hours a day running etc but a little walking even up and down stairs deliberately or even a little cycling makes a huge difference both to physical weight and general feeling of wellbeing. The problem is once you are really fat its really difficult to start doing these things but a very gentle start soon leads to being able to do more.
its common sense that its a mix of both diet and exercise. eat lots, do no exercise and get fat. Eat v little, do no exercise and get ill!! Eat reasonably and do reasonable exercise and stay healthy...simple I am not advocating people spend 2 hours a day running etc but a little walking even up and down stairs deliberately or even a little cycling makes a huge difference both to physical weight and general feeling of wellbeing. The problem is once you are really fat its really difficult to start doing these things but a very gentle start soon leads to being able to do more. meme
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Fri 21 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

meme wrote:
its common sense that its a mix of both diet and exercise. eat lots, do no exercise and get fat. Eat v little, do no exercise and get ill!! Eat reasonably and do reasonable exercise and stay healthy...simple I am not advocating people spend 2 hours a day running etc but a little walking even up and down stairs deliberately or even a little cycling makes a huge difference both to physical weight and general feeling of wellbeing. The problem is once you are really fat its really difficult to start doing these things but a very gentle start soon leads to being able to do more.
What about those people who exercise regularly but eat burgers, chips and drink coke and those who don’t exercise at all but eat grilled chicken, salad and drink water?

There always seems to be a high emphasis on exercise but as previously mentioned, forget the exercise and get the diet right – Exercise if you want to but it is not directly related to obesity.

The majority of fat people use going to the gym as an excuse to eat trash, almost like they’ve earned it… “oh, I’ve done 10 minutes on the treadmill, therefore I’ll treat myself to a 22” donor meat pizza and a litre of coke for my troubles, If I’d done 15 minutes I would have followed it up and added 2lb of chocolate gateaux”
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: its common sense that its a mix of both diet and exercise. eat lots, do no exercise and get fat. Eat v little, do no exercise and get ill!! Eat reasonably and do reasonable exercise and stay healthy...simple I am not advocating people spend 2 hours a day running etc but a little walking even up and down stairs deliberately or even a little cycling makes a huge difference both to physical weight and general feeling of wellbeing. The problem is once you are really fat its really difficult to start doing these things but a very gentle start soon leads to being able to do more.[/p][/quote]What about those people who exercise regularly but eat burgers, chips and drink coke and those who don’t exercise at all but eat grilled chicken, salad and drink water? There always seems to be a high emphasis on exercise but as previously mentioned, forget the exercise and get the diet right – Exercise if you want to but it is not directly related to obesity. The majority of fat people use going to the gym as an excuse to eat trash, almost like they’ve earned it… “oh, I’ve done 10 minutes on the treadmill, therefore I’ll treat myself to a 22” donor meat pizza and a litre of coke for my troubles, If I’d done 15 minutes I would have followed it up and added 2lb of chocolate gateaux” YorkPatrol
  • Score: -1

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