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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
State of health
Levels of obesity, linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and non-smoking related cancers, have been increasing in Northumberland, and are predicted to rise further. Engaging in regular physical activity and eating a healthy diet are extremely important in helping maintaining a healthy body weight.
Key priorities include improving the physical health of children and young people, especially focusing on those living in more disadvantaged communities.
Integrated care pathways for obesity (children and adults) have been developed across North of Tyne. However, further investment is essential to scale up prevention and early intervention work, especially to increase capacity in targeted intervention programmes and treatment of obesity through more drugs, prior to consideration for surgery.
We need to increase capacity across the statutory, third and commercial sectors to deal with increased demand, to develop more emphasis on the ‘life course approach’, where interventions are targeted across people’s lives and not just focus on children, and to link our interventions to the demand resulting from the national social marketing campaign.
The regional health and wellbeing strategy emphasises the need to scale up obesity drug prescribing and bariatric surgery to meet demand. Estimated costs to the NHS for North of Tyne related to obesity morbidity are set to rise form £69 million in 2007/08, to £103 million in 2015 if the current trend in rise in obesity continues.
Other key priorities include:
improving the rate of initiating and sustaining breastfeeding in more disadvantaged communities
accessible and effective activities promoting healthier food choices should be commissioned to improve North of Tyne population’s health
accessible and effective activities promoting healthier physical activity choices should be commissioned to improve North of Tyne population’s health
Obesity remains a relatively new area requiring investment against a backdrop of significant increase in prevalence. The need to fund prevention to reduce chronic disease and future heavy costs to the NHS cannot be underestimated.
Based on the foresight report, it is estimated that the costs to the NHS North of Tyne for morbidity caused by obesity will escalate to £103 million by 2015, if the current trend in obesity prevalence continues.
There is a mismatch between need and current capacity for prevention and treatment services for obesity, including weight management programmes, drug prescribing and bariatric surgery.
Government targets on halting the increase in childhood obesity are currently being met.
Despite the widely acknowledged benefits of breastfeeding, the percentage of women who choose to breastfeed their babies in the three North of Tyne PCOs, is well below the national average.
There is a clear need for better data about the lifestyle choices people make about diet and physical activity across Northumberland.
Statistics can be found on the
state of health
healthy weight, healthy lives
is a cross-government strategy for a sustained programme to support people to maintain a healthy weight
obesity in the state of health overview
resilient for the future – sustainable community strategy sets out the long-term vision for Northumberland, to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities.
Northumberland’s local area agreement 2008-2011
refreshed targets as of March 2010
includes targets for the prevalence of obesity in reception class children and children in year six
healthy lives, stronger communities
– a strategy to improve health and wellbeing in Northumberland, published in 2007, includes tackling obesity as a priority
the foresight report
models future trends in obesity and the impacts on health
Health improvement intervention
People who misuse alcohol
Public mental health & wellbeing