Public Health England figures reveal that almost 55 per cent of adults in Waltham Forest are overweight or obese

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: More than half of Waltham Forest's adult population is overweight or obese. More than half of Waltham Forest's adult population is overweight or obese.

More than half of Waltham Forest’s adult population is overweight or obese, according to a new report.

Figures released by Public Health England (PHE) this week show 54.6 per cent of adults have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.

The statistics for England’s local authorities, published for the first time, reveal the national average is 64 per cent of adults, while London’s is 57 per cent.

The skinniest parts of the country are in London’s affluent areas, with Kensington and Chelsea the skinniest in England.

The figure for Waltham Forest puts it just outside the top third of London’s skinniest boroughs.

The highest rate of overweight and obese was in Copeland, Cumbria, where 75.9 per cent of the population are overweight.

PHE says the rate of increase in overweight and obese adults and children has slowed in recent years.

Director of health and wellbeing at PHE, Professor Kevin Fenton, said local authorities, who are responsible for public health, are “ideally placed” to tackle weight issues in communities.

He said: “People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

“Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health. Overall, health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS over £5bn each year.”

The council has been contacted for comment.

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12:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

cynicalsue says...

Will the Mayor be backing this campaign?!
Will the Mayor be backing this campaign?! cynicalsue
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

KatieHPhoto says...

Cut the amount of chicken/pizza shops being allowed to open!
Cut the amount of chicken/pizza shops being allowed to open! KatieHPhoto
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

livedheretoolong says...

That's why the council is busy removing all the cycle lanes on main roads in order to widen the pavements and make room for all these people..

A genius move by designed by a bunch of hypocrites who claim to want a 'greener' environment.

All it will do is further discourage cycling in the borough and encourage people to be more sedentary thus justifying all the expense.
That's why the council is busy removing all the cycle lanes on main roads in order to widen the pavements and make room for all these people.. A genius move by designed by a bunch of hypocrites who claim to want a 'greener' environment. All it will do is further discourage cycling in the borough and encourage people to be more sedentary thus justifying all the expense. livedheretoolong
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

There is so much 'litter' on the pavements in the form of A Boards, spinning signs, little tables with Incoherent individuals standing gormless selling phone top up cards, mangos and other little imported items from China, and so on, that people however big or small cannot negotiate their way through. I agree ALS, there are too many pie, pizza, chickens and burger and baker shops as the temptation to eat for some obese is too great.
There is so much 'litter' on the pavements in the form of A Boards, spinning signs, little tables with Incoherent individuals standing gormless selling phone top up cards, mangos and other little imported items from China, and so on, that people however big or small cannot negotiate their way through. I agree ALS, there are too many pie, pizza, chickens and burger and baker shops as the temptation to eat for some obese is too great. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

1:35pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PsiMonk says...

livedheretoolong wrote:
That's why the council is busy removing all the cycle lanes on main roads in order to widen the pavements and make room for all these people..

A genius move by designed by a bunch of hypocrites who claim to want a 'greener' environment.

All it will do is further discourage cycling in the borough and encourage people to be more sedentary thus justifying all the expense.
What a fatuous (ahem) comment. Obviously the council didn't increase pavement size (I'm guessing you're referring to Bakers Arms) to make room for a more overweight population. That junction and area suffered from quite a lot of pedestrian footfall and very narrow pavements.

And while I'm still not sure if the cycle lane is permanently going or not, what is coming in is a raised table to slow traffic. And that's hardly "all the cycle lanes on main roads". It's one stretch of cycle lane. Not good, but hardly a massive move to encourage people to be more sedentary.

If you want to make things better for cyclists, join me at the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign to push the council. If you want to just have a moan on here, then at least be accurate about what you're saying, eh?
[quote][p][bold]livedheretoolong[/bold] wrote: That's why the council is busy removing all the cycle lanes on main roads in order to widen the pavements and make room for all these people.. A genius move by designed by a bunch of hypocrites who claim to want a 'greener' environment. All it will do is further discourage cycling in the borough and encourage people to be more sedentary thus justifying all the expense.[/p][/quote]What a fatuous (ahem) comment. Obviously the council didn't increase pavement size (I'm guessing you're referring to Bakers Arms) to make room for a more overweight population. That junction and area suffered from quite a lot of pedestrian footfall and very narrow pavements. And while I'm still not sure if the cycle lane is permanently going or not, what is coming in is a raised table to slow traffic. And that's hardly "all the cycle lanes on main roads". It's one stretch of cycle lane. Not good, but hardly a massive move to encourage people to be more sedentary. If you want to make things better for cyclists, join me at the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign to push the council. If you want to just have a moan on here, then at least be accurate about what you're saying, eh? PsiMonk
  • Score: 3

5:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

myopinioncounts says...

Nearly everyone visits their GP occasionally so increasing weight should be dealt with before it gets out of hand. Don't wait until the obese want/need surgical intervention, warn them that eating less and moving more is the simplest and cheapest way, the NHS will not fund their treatment, and they will not be allowed to claim unemployment or disability benefits on the grounds of obesity .
We must stop accepting the excuses people make for being overweight. One famous nutritionist once said that the only glands that are involved in weight gain are the salivary glands.
Nearly everyone visits their GP occasionally so increasing weight should be dealt with before it gets out of hand. Don't wait until the obese want/need surgical intervention, warn them that eating less and moving more is the simplest and cheapest way, the NHS will not fund their treatment, and they will not be allowed to claim unemployment or disability benefits on the grounds of obesity . We must stop accepting the excuses people make for being overweight. One famous nutritionist once said that the only glands that are involved in weight gain are the salivary glands. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 2

7:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
Nearly everyone visits their GP occasionally so increasing weight should be dealt with before it gets out of hand. Don't wait until the obese want/need surgical intervention, warn them that eating less and moving more is the simplest and cheapest way, the NHS will not fund their treatment, and they will not be allowed to claim unemployment or disability benefits on the grounds of obesity .
We must stop accepting the excuses people make for being overweight. One famous nutritionist once said that the only glands that are involved in weight gain are the salivary glands.
Many people secret eat between meals and pretend and convince themselves it was someone else.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Nearly everyone visits their GP occasionally so increasing weight should be dealt with before it gets out of hand. Don't wait until the obese want/need surgical intervention, warn them that eating less and moving more is the simplest and cheapest way, the NHS will not fund their treatment, and they will not be allowed to claim unemployment or disability benefits on the grounds of obesity . We must stop accepting the excuses people make for being overweight. One famous nutritionist once said that the only glands that are involved in weight gain are the salivary glands.[/p][/quote]Many people secret eat between meals and pretend and convince themselves it was someone else. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

12:36am Sat 8 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

I was just about to eat a pork pie that I bought for half price at Aldi earlier and felt alarm bells ringing and blow me, I thought of this news story, do you know what, I cut the temptation in four, I demolished a quarter, gave a quarter to my savaging dog who was crawling up my leg, a quarter to the fox who lurks behind the bush in my garden an the rest to the big issue seller over the road (I could swear he chucked it). Point is, fight the temptation and think of this; anything that tastes good, is bad for you.
I was just about to eat a pork pie that I bought for half price at Aldi earlier and felt alarm bells ringing and blow me, I thought of this news story, do you know what, I cut the temptation in four, I demolished a quarter, gave a quarter to my savaging dog who was crawling up my leg, a quarter to the fox who lurks behind the bush in my garden an the rest to the big issue seller over the road (I could swear he chucked it). Point is, fight the temptation and think of this; anything that tastes good, is bad for you. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

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