Caerphilly Borough is obesity hotspot
8:10am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
CAERPHILLY County Borough has one of the highest rates of obesity in Wales, based on residents’ perceptions of their own health.
Results from the Welsh Health Survey for the past two years, involving responses from almost 1,600 adults in the area, reveal a perceived obesity rate of 27 per cent, or more than one in four.
That was second only to Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen, and Caerphilly is among six council areas out of 22 in Wales to be rated significantly higher than the Wales average (23 per cent) based on health survey responses.
And 64 per cent of people surveyed consider themselves overweight or obese, again significantly higher than the Wales average (58 per cent). Only the Merthyr Tydfil survey result, at 65 per cent) was higher.
Caerphilly was also revealed to be lagging behind the Wales average in terms of the consumption of fruit and vegetables, with 29 per cent of those surveyed reporting eating the guideline five a day, against a Wales average of 33 per cent.
Forty-three per cent of those surveyed reported drinking alcohol above the recommended daily guidelines, which is the Wales average too, but 29 per cent reported binge drinking, against 27 per cent across Wales.
But only 21 per cent of adults surveyed in Caerphilly said they smoked. The all-Wales average is 23 per cent.
The survey, an ongoing project that seeks to map people’s perceptions of their health, has been going since 2003. The latest results combine findings for 2011 and 2012, and involved almost 32,000 people across Wales.