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Staffordshire: The Facts

We explore the size of the obesity problem in Staffordshire.

Around 1 in 4 adults in Staffordshire is considered ‘obese’. That’s 189,000 people. Enough to fill Wembley Stadium. Twice.

What this basically means is that a quarter of adults living in our county have gained enough fat for it to have a negative impact on their health.

Not only does this stop people living a long and healthy life, it’s estimated that it also costs Staffordshire’s social care and health services just over £100million per year to manage issues relating to obesity.

Around 1 in 4 adults in Staffordshire are obese.What’s perhaps more worrying, is that 1 in 5 ten-year-olds in Staffordshire are also obese, so unless we do something differently, the future is not looking much better.

The facts where you live in Staffordshire

Staffordshire’s a big place. We’ve got urban towns and rural villages. So what’s the picture where you live?

We’ve got loads of data that says your postcode makes a difference to your chances of being overweight or obese, with people living in Cannock Chase being most likely to be obese and people in the Staffordshire Moorlands being least likely.

Estimated numbers of people in Staffordshire who are underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese, 2013-2015

Estimated numbers of people in Staffordshire who are underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese, 2013-2015

Underweight Healthy weight Overweight Obese
Cannock Chase 1.2% (990) 25.7% (20,770) 42.5% (34,350) 30.5% (24,630)
East Staffordshire 0.8% (740) 31.9% (29,920) 43.1% (40,360) 24.2% (22,650)
Lichfield 1.2% (1,030) 32.0% (27,270) 41.5% (35,400) 25.3% (21,600)
Newcastle-under-Lyme 0.2% (240) 32.1% (34,010) 38.5% (40,850) 29.2% (30,960)
South Staffordshire 0.8% (730) 31.1% (29,130) 43.1% (40,290) 25.0% (23,370)
Stafford 0.7% (720) 33.1% (36,570) 41.3% (45,630) 24.9% (27,470)
Staffordshire Moorlands 0.6% (490) 34.5% (28,320) 41.0% (33,660) 23.8% (19,530)
Tamworth 1.6% (1,020) 26.6% (16,520) 41.7% (25,880) 30.1% (18,680)
Staffordshire 0.8% (5,950) 31.2% (222,630) 41.5% (296,440) 26.4% (188,760)
England 1.2% (538,290) 34.0% (15,084,490) 40.4% (17,950,640) 24.4% (10,807,790)

Note: Numbers may not add up due to rounding

Source: Active People Survey, Sport England, Public Health Outcome Framework, Public Health England, http://www.phoutcomes.info/ and Mid-year population estimates, Office for National Statistics, Crown copyright

So, why are people in Staffordshire becoming obese?

Well, obesity is anything but simple. It’s generally agreed that it is caused by a combination of the choices you make and the environment you live in.

This means that in tackling obesity, there is a role for lots of different organisations (central and local government, food producers, retailers and the health service to name just a few) and for you as an individual.

But who should be responsible for what and how far are we willing to go in Staffordshire to make a positive change?

We need a Big Fat Chat

Staffordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board are running a public debate – the Big Fat Chat – to hear your opinions on how we should tackle obesity in Staffordshire.

You’ve seen the data, so what does it mean to you? In your opinion, what needs to change to tackle obesity in our county.

Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments box below (obviously being respectful to others).

We’ll use your views, alongside other research and evidence, to agree a joint plan to tackle obesity across the county.

2 Comments

  1. Mandy Dancocks

    February 8, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I am an Independent Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant who works across Staffordshire. You could work more closely with us by referring people through to us who need to reduce or manage their weight

  2. Elephant in the Room

    February 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Everyone knows what to do! Eat your veggies, fruit, beans and whole grains… Avoid processed foods as much as practical and if you must eat meat, make it lean cuts with all visible fat trimmed off. Healthy eating is simple, but like everything worth doing, requires a bit of effort.

    Silly snake-oil potions, processed meal replacements and starvation ‘diets’ are a false economy designed to strip you of your cash. You don’t have to go to have gone to ‘Cambridge’ to work this stuff out.

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Staffordshire’s Big Fat Chat is a public debate being run by Staffordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board. It’s about hearing your opinions on how we should tackle obesity in Staffordshire.

We’ll use your views, alongside other research and evidence, to agree a joint plan to tackle obesity across the county.

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