Concerns and encouragement in public health report

TEENAGERS and women in Batley are drinking too much, a new health report for Kirklees Council claims.

The joint strategic needs assessment shows the town has a problem with 14-year-olds and women boozers.

Depression and obesity are also rising across the district but the report, for the council’s health and wellbeing board, noted positives too.

Infant deaths are falling, deaths from heart conditions are down and cancer survival rates are up, though from a low base.

The report found Batley and Dewsbury had the highest levels of health problems across the board.

It read: “... an even greater factor is the lower levels of social pride and trust, particularly in Dewsbury and Batley.

“This affects local people by increasing stress and thus increasing the risk of ill health and disease.”

The report noted recorded crime fell 37 per cent in the decade from 2002 to 2012 while more children are getting five good GSCEs.

Dr Judith Hooper, the council’s director of public health, said: “The population of Kirklees is changing.

“There are more children and older people and the size of the South Asian population is increasing.

“These, coupled with people working longer, moving jobs more often and the changing make-up of the family unit, all have implications for health.”

“We need to support people more and focus on the early detection of signs and symptoms of ill health.”

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