HEALTHY LIV­ING IN THE CHILTERNS

AREA BOASTS HIGH LIFE EX­PECTANCY AND LOW CHILD OBE­SITY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By ANNE GOUK an­negouk@reach­plc.com

CHILTERN is the health­i­est place to live in Eng­land, new anal­y­sis of of­fi­cial fig­ures re­veals.

It comes out on top in terms of over­all health­i­ness, scor­ing well in al­most all of the in­di­ca­tors mea­sured.

As well as hav­ing a high life ex­pectancy – nearly 83 years for men and 86 years for women – peo­ple liv­ing in the Buck­ing­hamshire area are some of the least likely in the coun­try to die early from heart dis­ease or can­cer.

Chil­dren in Chiltern are also not as likely to be over­weight or obese when com­pared with other ar­eas, with just 24% of 10 and 11-year-olds deemed to have ex­cess weight. The smok­ing rate is also par­tic­u­larly low, as fig­ures show fewer than 8% of adults smoke.

The na­tion has been given a health check by the Mir­ror on­line to mark the launch of the TV se­ries ‘Dr Chris­tian: 12 Hours to Cure Your Street’ on channel W.

Data on ev­ery­thing from life ex­pectancy and obe­sity lev­els to smok­ing and can­cer rates has been an­a­lysed to rank ev­ery area in the coun­try from most to least healthy.

Each episode of Dr Chris­tian’s new show fol­lows the TV doc­tor as he races against the clock to com­plete as many house calls and ap­point­ments as he can within a 12-hour shift – of­ten vis­it­ing some of the coun­try’s un­health­i­est loca-

Chiltern might have topped the ta­ble, but it per­forms less well when it comes to ex­cess weight in adults

tions. Chiltern might have topped the ta­ble, but it per­forms less well when it comes to ex­cess weight in adults – nearly 57% are over­weight and obese – and 17% of adults also don’t get the rec­om­mended lev­els of ex­er­cise they need ev­ery week. How­ever, this wasn’t enough to knock Chiltern off the top spot in terms of over­all health, with the area beat­ing the likes of South Cam­bridgeshire, Elm­bridge and Waver­ley in Sur­rey and St Al­bans in Hert­ford­shire to num­ber one. The city of Hull came out bot­tom of the ta­ble as the un­health­i­est place to live in the UK. Men liv­ing there can only ex­pect to live to 76 and women 80, while lo­cals are some of the most likely to die of can­cer or car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease be­fore the age of 75. More than a third of 10 and 11-year-olds (36%) in Hull are con­sid­ered obese or over­weight, as are 70% of adults – with nearly 30% con­sid­ered phys­i­cally in­ac­tive. The city also has one of the high­est rates of smok­ing in the UK, with 25% of adults cur­rently a smoker. Visit the Mir­ror on­line to check the health of your area at www.mir­ror.co.uk/life­style/health. Watch Dr Chris­tian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street ev­ery Thurs­day at 8pm on W.

Res­i­dents in Chiltern can ex­pect to live sev­eral years longer than those in Hull

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