HARTLEPOOL has been rated fourth worst in a national table of obesity-related hospital admissions.
The former Hartlepool Primary Care Trust (PCT) had 83 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity from 2012 to 2013, which equates to 90 people per 100,000 population.
This is compared to South Tyneside PCT which recorded 84 per 100,000 population, and Darlington PCT which had 83 per 100,000 population.
Hartlepool did come behind County Durham PCT which topped the table with 526 admissions, equating to 103 obese patients per 100,000 population.
Second place went too Stockton-on-Tees Teaching PCT which recorded 196 patients with a primary diagnosis of obesity, which equalled 102 per 100,000 population.
Third place in the table went to Sunderland Teaching PCT which saw 263 obese people, which is equal to 96 per 100,000 population.
South Tyneside and Gateshead PCTs also made the top 11.
A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “We acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do to overcome the health legacy left by generations of deprivation in Hartlepool but we are doing our utmost to achieve this. It should also be noted that the average 2.7 per cent of its public health budget which the North-East spends on encouraging physical activity is higher than the 2.4 per cent national average.”
“In addition to this, in Hartlepool many key physical activity initiatives are funded through other sources such as the British Heart Foundation Hearty Lives project, Sport England, the Community Activities Network, the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and council budgets.
“Working in partnership with the other providers and organisations, we have in place a wide range of initiatives and projects to encourage participation in, and improve access to, physical activity at all stages of people’s lives.”
Hartlepool also saw a distinction in obesity-related admissions between the sexes, with almost twice the number of overweight women than men.