Nearly three-quarters of Harlow population “classified obese” reveals report

Health / Mon 8th May 2023 at 07:33am

NEW research has revealed the top 10 English areas with the highest prevalence of obese people and Harlow features in ninth place with 73.5% of residents classified as overweight or obese.

Health experts at Now Patient have looked into the percentage of adults classified as overweight or obese in England, Scotland and Wales to reveal the areas with the highest and lowest obesity rates.

They also looked into the number of Google searches for weight solutions from April 2022 – March 2023 to reveal the most weight-conscious areas of the UK.

You can view the full research here: https://nowpatient.com/health-news/weight-worries 

The research also revealed the following:

  • Islington is home to the fewest overweight people in England, with just 44% of its adults classified as overweight or obese. London boroughs dominate the top 10 English locations with the lowest obesity rates, with eight areas featuring.
  • Orkney Islands and East Ayrshire have been named Scotland’s obesity capitals, with 75% of the population classified as overweight. In comparison, 53% of Edinburgh residents are classed as overweight, the lowest of any Scottish area.
  • 79.9% of Blaenau Gwent residents have a BMI of over 25, which is the most of any Welsh area. The Welsh area with the lowest obesity rates is Powys at 50.0%.
  • Caerphilly has been named the UK’s most weight-conscious area with 355 searches for weight loss solutions per 10,000 people. Following in second and third place are County Durham and Bridgend with 305 and 164 searches per 10,000 people respectively.
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5 Comments for Nearly three-quarters of Harlow population “classified obese” reveals report:

Cliff Moore
2023-05-08 15:55:31

I am sorry but your headline which includes “classified obese” is not completely accurate as the clicked through article reveals that "73.5% of residents classified as overweight or obese" - which is not quite the same. It is still a shocking figure though but not what not headline suggests. Also being "overweight" can mean just a pound or two over the target "healthy" weight range so the statistics should not have mixed the two!

2023-05-08 21:49:12

Hardly surprising given the amount of cheap takeaways at every shopping hatch!

Bruce Downey
2023-05-09 07:01:39

Eating less and exercise is the ‘key’ not sitting at home being a keyboard crusader.

2023-05-09 14:16:40

Maybe they should publish the data in a pie chart.

Harlow Gooner
2023-05-22 19:07:44

Singalong anyone? We're Knights of the Rotund Table We eat whene'er we're able We do routines and chorus scenes With footwork impeccable We dine well here in #Harlow We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.

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