One-in-five kids are obese: NHS

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ONE-in-five children in the borough and more than a quarter of adults are obese – one of the worst in the country – according to NHS figures released this week.

A Health Profile report for Erewash has warned that men in the most deprived parts of the borough – including Cotmanhay, Ilkeston North, Ilkeston Central and Kirk Hallam – can expect to live seven years less than the national average.

But overall, the borough was fairly in line with the rest of the country, with a particularly low level of drug misuse

Despite the high level of childhood obesity, the report said that more than 60 per cent of youngsters participate in more than three hours of sport a week – way above the national average.

The profiles have been welcomed by the NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group – a group of GPs and NHS staff awarded ‘pathfinder’ status to test out NHS reforms.

Group chairman Dr Avi Bhatia said: “These health profiles are really good news as they demonstrate the significant strides that have been made towards improving people’s health in the area.

“They also highlight the challenges ahead. As local pathfinders of NHS reform, we will be using them to move forward with planning and shaping future health services for the people of Erewash.”

Health Profiles have been released for every borough and district in the country.

A total of 2,364 people were in hospital as a result of alcohol-related harm in 2009 to 2010, compared to 2,692 in Erewash’s Derbyshire neighbour Amber Valley.

Other worrying statistics included a higher level of long-term unemployment in the borough than the UK average and a high level of people with diabetes.

Cllr Carol Hart, who represents West Hallam, was last week made cabinet member for public health on Derbyshire County Council.

She will now be part of a countywide Health and Wellbeing Board which will work with the local commissioning groups.

She said: “This is the sort of information we will be taking to form part and parcel of what we do. A lot of it will involve education – getting to children at school, for example – to get the message across about healthy lifestyles.”