Health profile: Wellingborough

Smoking and excess weight are both a concern in Wellingborough
Smoking and excess weight are both a concern in Wellingborough

There are a number of health issues in Wellingborough, according to the latest health profiles published this month.

The health of people in Wellingborough is varied compared with the England average.

However, deprivation is higher than average with about 3,200 children living in poverty.

This represents more than one in five youngsters in the borough.

On the plus side, life expectancy for men is higher than the England average.

Men born in Wellingborough can expect to live an average of 80 years, compared with the national average of 79.2.

Women born in the borough can expect to live 83.7 years, which is above the national average of 83.

However, there are massive variations, depending on where you are born in the borough.

Life expectancy is 10 years lower for men and 7.2 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Wellingborough than in the least deprived areas.

A total of 130 year six children in Wellingborough – about 18 per cent – were classified as obese when the profile was compiled.

The rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among those under 18 was lower than elsewhere in the county.

However levels of GCSE attainment and smoking at time of delivery are both worse than the England average.

Worryingly, 26.5 per cent of adults were classified as obese.

There were 451 hospital stays related to alcohol issues and 162 hospital stays due to self harm.

Smoking counted for 120 deaths in the borough.

Estimated levels of adult excess weight and smoking are both worse than the national average.

The rate of sexually transmitted infections is better than average, but the rate of long-term unemployment is much worse and a cause for concern.

The rate of statutory homelessness and drug use are better than average.

Local priorities, as with the rest of the county, include breastfeeding, reducing childhood obesity and reducing hospital admissions for childhood injuries.

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