Health profile: East Northants

East Northamptonshire people are more likely to live longer than those born elsewhere in the county
East Northamptonshire people are more likely to live longer than those born elsewhere in the county

The health of people living in East Northamptonshire is varied, but generally better than those living in other parts of the county.

And, overall, the district fares well when compared with other parts of the country.

Deprivation is lower than average, but despite this around 13 per cent of children live in poverty.

This means 2,100 children under 16 in the district live in a family receiving means-tested benefits or on low income.

Life expectancy for men is higher than the England average, although it is 5.9 years lower for men in the most deprived areas of the district than in the least deprived areas.

The average life expectancy for a man is 80, compared with the national average of 79.2 years. For women it is 83.1 years, which is only slightly higher than the national average of 83 years.

There are 132 year six children in East Northamptonshire classified as obese, which represents about 17 per cent of those in that age group.

The rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among those under 18 is better than the average for England and represents about five stays per year.

The rate of alcohol related harm hospital stays among the entire 87,000 population is also better than the average for England, but still represents 469 stays per year.

Levels of GCSE attainment and smoking at time of delivery are worse than the England average.

At the time the figures were recorded, 23.9 per cent of adults were classified as obese.

The rate of self-harm hospital stays was 210.2 per 100,000 people. This represents 177 stays per year.

There are approximately 125 smoking related deaths per year.

Other findings reveal that rates of sexually transmitted infections and TB are better than average.

Rates of statutory homelessness, violent crime, long term unemployment, drug misuse and early deaths from cardiovascular diseases are all better than average.

Local priorities include promoting breastfeeding, reducing childhood obesity and reducing hospital admissions for injuries in children.

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