HEALTHY LIVING IN THE CHILTERNS
AREA BOASTS HIGH LIFE EXPECTANCY AND LOW CHILD OBESITY
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