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More than half of Newham residents are overweight or obese

12:51 04 February 2014

More than half of people in Newham are overweight or obese, according to new figures released today.

Your views on Newham’s obesity statistics

Vicki Rowland said: “A lot of people can’t afford to buy ingredients to cook healthy meals so they eat a lot of convenience food which is no good.”

Maria Allen said: “It is cheaper to cook for yourself and plan meals rather than buy chemical, sugar and salt laden ready meals and take aways. It is common sense and self respect really.”

Kel Miller said: “Show them what eating junk food does to the body and how exercise and healthy eating can increase life expectancy.”

Mike Gordon said: “Tell them to eat less and do some exercise.”

Data collected by Public Health England (PHE) found that 56.8 per cent of residents were over a healthy weight as gauged by the body mass index.

The figure is slightly below the average for London, which is 57.3 per cent.

People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type two diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

PHE said health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion each year.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, London director at PHE, said: “There is no silver bullet to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level.”

She said the new data would enable local authorities to monitor progress towards achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020.

What do you think should be done to tackle the problem? Tweet @NewhamRecorder or comment below.

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