Wednesday, January 03, 2007

South Tyneside not the fattest.


Borough (and Curly) determined to get fit.

The North-East seems determined to give up the title of being the fattest region in the country according to the new Health of the Nation Report produced by marketing companies CACI and TNS. We were tops in just about every category relating to diet, exercise, heart disease, and the intake of fruit and vegetables.

However, our determination to get ourselves fitter has seen some London Boroughs rise to the top of the list of areas building up problems for the future, and whilst Easington is now the second worst area in the country it is likely to fall to 179th. South Tyneside is estimated to fall to 31st. next year.

Dr Eugene Milne, deputy medical director of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Strategic Health Authority, said:

"It would be marvellous if health was improving that much in the region. But I think we've got to be realistic about it. We have fantastic healthcare in the North-East, our Stop Smoking service in Easington is fantastic for instance, outperforming those in other areas by a distance.

But we are seeing other problems worsening, such as rising levels of obesity, our lung cancer rates are higher and I think we are yet to see a peak for industrial problems like asbestosis. No matter how brilliant our services are, progress is going to be slow and I would not want anyone to be given false expectations."


Having been forced into the position of improving my own fitness, I have dusted down my old bicycle and polished up the chrome rims and in "Cameroony" style will shortly be seen touring the streets of South Tyneside. If you spot a slow silver Bentley in the cycle only lanes, don't worry, it's only my chauffeur carrying my camera case!

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