Fenland has the highest rates of obesity in Cambridgeshire
Restricting takeaways could be one way to tackle the obesity problem in Fenland.
Health officials say Fenland has the highest levels of obesity in Cambridgeshire.
More than 72 per cent of adults are estimated to be overweight – the national average is 63.8 per cent – with nearly 27 per cent thought to be obese.
The Fenland Health and Wellbeing Partnership, which includes Cambridgshire County Council and Fenland District Council, has put together a strategy to tackle the obesity and other health issues affecting the area.
Partnership chairman and the county’s consultant in public health Val Thomas said the new strategy will be tackling obesity, mental and sexual health issues in Fenland.
She said: “We know communities in Fenland have poorer health than other areas in the county. This reflects many factors including higher smoking and other unhealthy lifestyles.
“The Fenland Health and Well Being Partnership is concerned with addressing these health issues by organisations working more effectively together to support communities to address their concerns.
“This new strategy has clear priorities about how to tackle the health inequalities the district faces.
“These include improving mental health, sexual health and helping people to change their lifestyles, such as quitting smoking and increasing physical activity to lower cases of Coronary Heart Disease.
“All partners will be working hard to make this new strategy work to improve health and wellbeing for Fenland.”
GP practices in Fenland record 4,639 people suffer from coronary heart disease – which is the highest in Cambridgeshire. Alcohol-related admissions to hospitals are also significantly higher.
Recent figures show that Wisbech has the highest levels of smoking in the county.
Figures attached to the new strategy have also shown that the percentage of adults classed as physically active in Fenland is lower than the national average.
The action plan sets out how Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, the police and councils can work together to improve health and lifestyles of residents.
The plan brings together initiatives which are already running – such as the winter warmth campaign and health checks at work places – but also calls for improvements in the recording of street drinking and a planning policy to restrict fastfood and takeway outlets.