The 900 Ryedale children in poverty

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Around 900 children are living in poverty in Ryedale, a major report on public health in the district has revealed.

The findings, by Public Health England, also disclose that life expectancy for men living in the most deprived areas of the district is 5.2 years lower, and 5.4 years lower for women, than in the least deprived areas.

On child health, the report says that 18 per cent of Year 6 children – 69 in total – are classified as obese, and the rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among under 18s is 33.5 per rate of 100,000 population.

“This represents three stays per year,” it adds.

However, levels of teenage pregnancy and GCSE attainment are better than the 
national average.

Figures on adult health show that 22.8 per cent of people are classified as obese in Ryedale, but the rate of alcohol related harm hospital stays was better the national average.

But the rate of self-harm hospital stays was 98 per 100,000 population – some 50 admissions to hospital.

Just over 100 people a year have died from smoking related illnesses, the report found.

“Estimated levels of adult excess weight are worse than the England average, but levels of adult physical activity are better than average.”

The report says that the rate of people killed and seriously injured on Ryedale’s roads is worse than average.

On the positive side, rates of hip fractures, sexually transmitted diseases, TB, homelessness, violent crime, long-term unemployment, drug misuse and early deaths from cancer, are better than average.

Priorities for improving health of Ryedale’s 52,000 residents are being focussed on healthy ageing, reducing health inequalities in cardiovascular disease and alcohol, says Public Health England.

“The profile gives a picture of people’s health in Ryedale. It is designed to help local government and health services understand their communities needs so they can work to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities,” said a spokesman.

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