Wirral named as new ‘fat capital’ of England

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The Wirral has been shamed as being England’s “fat-capital” in new statistics which reveal which areas of the country see the most overweight people being treated inhospital .

Figures relating to people in Wirral Council, which includes the towns of Birkenhead and Wallasey, show they are three times as likely than the national average to have hospital treatments where medics make a note of their obesity issue.

In the last year hospitals had 9,286 appointments with people from the Wirral where obesity was either the main issue or medics noted their weight problem on their records while treating them for something else.

Across the whole of England there were around 811 appointments for every 100,000 people last year in English hospitals where obesity was the problem or medics recorded it as a health issue.

In the Wirral the rate was the highest in the country at 2,894 per 100,000, while at the other end of the scale the area with the fewest admissions was the London borough of Richmond with a rate of 238.

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Birkenhead on the Wirral peninsula

One of the main towns in Wirral is Wallasey, the birthplace of Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

Separate figures also show that the rate of prescribing drugs that are used to try to help patients reduce their weight is also higher in Merseyside than anywhere else in the country.

The data was released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre from records collated from hospitals in England during the 2014-15 financial year.

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Figures show that 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men were overweight or obese with the prevalence of obesity increasing from 15 per cent in 1993 to 26 per cent in 2014.

Areas with the highest rates (admissions per 100,000)

  1. Wirral – 2,894
  2. Cornwall – 2,108
  3. Bradford – 1,907
  4. Torbay – 1,897
  5. Salford – 1,858
  6. Luton – 1,770
  7. Southampton – 1,755
  8. Slough – 1,746
  9. Plymouth – 1,708
  10. Worcestershire – 1,636

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