SEFTON adults have been ranked in the country’s top 20 heaviest places to live, according to the latest figures.
The statistics provided by Public Health England also highlight how Sefton has the fourth biggest percentage of overweight or obese people in the North West at 71.5%.
This is higher than the overall regional figure, which shows of all adults aged 18+ living in the North West 65.9% are classified as overweight or obese.
The latest data represents figures for 2020/21 and is the highest recorded percentage of the region's population since records began in 2015/16.
Detailed analysis by the UK Addiction Treatment Group shows that in 2015/16, 63.2% of the region were classified as overweight or obese. This figure, they say, has risen every year since, and now stands at 65.9%.
For England, this figure stands at 63.5%, making the North West collectively more overweight or obese than the rest of the country.
The area in the region where the greatest percentage of overweight or obese people live is Knowsley, and the place where the fewest percentage of overweight or obese people live is Cheshire West and Chester, according to UKAT’s analysis of Public Health England’s new data.
UKAT’s analysis also reveals that in the country’s top 20 heaviest places to live, Knowsley, Wigan, Wirral, Sefton (11th), Blackpool and Oldham all rank, making up 30% of the top 20 heaviest places in England.
It is estimated that overweight and obesity related conditions across the UK are costing the NHS an enormous £6.1 billion each year, and the pressure on our hospitals is greater than ever.
Latest NHS figures revealed by the UK Addiction Treatment Group suggest that across the North West, hospital admissions where obesity was a factor was 1,842 per 100,000 in 2018/19, the highest recorded in history.
Comparatively in England, the hospital admission rate per 100,000 in 2018/19 was 1,615.
But, if everyone who are overweight or obese lost just 2.5kg each - equating to one-third of a stone - it could save the NHS £105 million over the next five years.
Most worryingly, PHE revealed that one in three children leaving primary school are already overweight or obese.
Public Health England made it clear in July 2020 that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of hospitalisation, severe symptoms, advanced levels of treatment, admission to Intensive Care Units and death from Covid-19, yet excess weight is one of the few modifiable health factors.
Nuno Albuquerque, consultant treatment lead at UKAT commented: “Unfortunately, the North West looks to be in an obesity health crisis, with rates of obesity rising steadily over the last few years. Ultimately, as a region, people are eating and drinking too many calories. We recognise that there’ll be many different reasons for this daily over-consumption; for some, it’ll be a lack of understanding as to the nutritional value in what they eat, hence the recent introduction of calories labels on menus in restaurants.”