“Truly shocking” obesity figures for Rugby


More than one in ten children in Rugby are now obese before they start school, according to “truly shocking” figures published last week.

Warwickshire County Council has released statistics containing the percentage of overweight adults and children in the county. Among the other findings are that one in six 11-year-olds in Rugby is obese and that 44.9 per cent of adults in the borough are overweight.

Cllr Bob Stevens, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for health, said: “The figures are truly shocking. This isn’t a little bit overweight, this is obese, and we have to try and educate and help people wherever possible to stop this growing problem.”

In Rugby 44.9 per cent of adults in the borough are overweight and public health experts are encouraging residents to consider food diaries for 2015 to help monitor what they are eating.

Dr John Linnane, director of public health for Warwickshire County Council, said: “A food diary is a very simple way to make you realise just what you are eating and drinking. Often when people keep a diary like this they naturally start to consume less.

“The health risks associated with being obese are numerous, including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, joint problems and heart problems.

“Even a slight lifestyle change can have a dramatic impact on weight management. Setting realistic goals in everyday life is a great way to start, climbing the stairs instead of using the lift, taking your children to the park, and cutting back on high calorie sugary food.

“We all have different kinds of lifestyles, build and metabolisms, but quite simply if you eat more calories than you burn then you will put on weight. Just reducing portion sizes slightly might be all it takes to help you start losing weight.”

For more information such as recipes, nutrition and healthy eating advice and weight-loss guidance visit http://www.noaw.org.uk