Fight is on against obesity

ADULTS and young people in Suffolk are being proactive in the fight against obesity and getting more exercise than the national average, according to a latest report.

ADULTS and young people in Suffolk are being proactive in the fight against obesity and getting more exercise than the national average, according to a latest report.

A survey by Sports England, which interviewed 191,000 people, shows that 21.7 per cent of those aged 16 and over had 30 minutes of physical activity at least three times a week at moderate intensity in 2007/08.

It is higher than the national average of 21.3pc and also greater than Essex, which stands at 21.4pc.

Both counties have seen a significant rise since a similar survey in 2005/06 - with the biggest increase in Babergh, which has experienced the largest rise in the east of England.


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Health chiefs in the county believe the cost of treating obesity could rise to as much of £65million a year by 2050 unless efforts are made to improve.

Sally Hogg, head of health improvement partnerships at NHS Suffolk, said: “Encouraging more people to exercise more often is a key element of the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk strategy, which aims to make Suffolk the healthiest county in Britain by 2028.

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“Exercise is not only physically beneficial, but can also help improve people's mental health and sense of wellbeing, and as such is vitally important.”

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