Obesity and poverty are big problems in the Scarborough area, and nearly 20 per cent of the population in the Ryedale and Scarborough areas have long term illnesses.
The issues are revealed in a new health plan which aims to ensure equality for residents in the Ryedale and Scarborough area, and which has been approved by the new Clinical Commissioning Group for the districts.
The Equality and Diversity Plan, agreed by the CCG at its meeting at Ryedale House last Wednesday, spelled out an action plan for the next two years which includes improving access to urgent care and screening services, said Sally Brown, Head of Programme Management and Integrated Governance.
In the plan it was revealed that the Scarborough area has almost the double the percentage of children in poverty compared with the rest of North Yorkshire, and for reception-school age children, obesity is the second highest in Scarborough.
For year 6 children, says the report, the prevalence of obesity in Ryedale was 17.7 per cent, while Scarborough’s was 17.8 per cent.
“The local health profiles for our CCG area support this be demonstrating that 22.1 per cent of children living in poverty, obesity prevalence in reception children is 10.3 per cent, and obesity, 17.9 pc.”
The plan also revealed that in the Ryedale and Scarborough area, 19.5 per cent of the population is living with a limiting long-term illness or disability.
“Men who live in the CCG’s most deprivedcommunities will die, on average, eightr years earlier than their lease deprived counterparts. Similarly, women on average, die 6.2 years earlier.”
Ms Brown’s report said that one of the aims of the new plan is to target those in “hard-to-reach” groups for primary care screening, and looking at promoting informationby carrying out a social marketing campaign.
She said: “Work needs to be done on identifying demogrtaphies in the CCG area”.