Region revealed as having highest mortality rates in the country

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THE NORTH-EAST has the highest mortality rates in the country, according to new statistics.

Research from the Office of National Statistics also reveals Middlesbrough has twice the death rates of many other places in the country, the highest mortality rates for women and the tenth highest for men.

The analysis of death rates – based on figures from 2012 – shows that the region as a whole has 592.9 deaths per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 538.6.

In Middlesbrough, that figure is more than doubled, standing at 1144.7 for women and 1399 for men.

The North-East’s high mortality rates could be a reflection of its status as one of the most deprived regions in the country, coupled with a higher than average amount of deaths related to alcohol and smoking.

The study links the figures to differences in wealth, employment levels and health factors, saying: “The substantial variation in mortality rates between different local areas reflects underlying differences in factors such as income deprivation, socio-economic status and health behaviour, for example smoking and alcohol consumption.”

The death rate in England and Wales rose by 3.1 per cent in 2012 with 499,331 deaths registered.

The most common cause of death was cancer, which accounted for 29 per cent of all deaths and was followed by circulatory diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

The town with the highest overall mortality rate was Blackpool, with 721 deaths per 100,000, while Christchurch had the lowest, with 379.6 deaths.

The region with the lowest mortality rate was the South-East, which had 482.8 deaths per 100,000 population.

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12:42am Thu 26 Jun 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Goes to show that you shouldn't breed unless you have the resources to support your own offspring.
Goes to show that you shouldn't breed unless you have the resources to support your own offspring. Voice-of-reality
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9:39am Thu 26 Jun 14

AllAboardTheSkylark says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Goes to show that you shouldn't breed unless you have the resources to support your own offspring.
Thank you Dr Goebbels.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Goes to show that you shouldn't breed unless you have the resources to support your own offspring.[/p][/quote]Thank you Dr Goebbels. AllAboardTheSkylark
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11:48am Thu 26 Jun 14

Ally F says...

My wife and I went into Bishop Auckland Newgate Street last Friday afternoon. We were shocked at how unhealthy a large percentage of the people were; the majority of people were obese, many in mobility scooters, some of those walking were clearly struggling and out of breath walking very slowly on a flat street. And those are the ones who are able to make it into the town centre - how many more are housebound as a result of preventable diet and lifestyle health issues?

It's the same across the region - a legacy of poor diet and lifestyle overloading the region's NHS doctor's surgeries and hospitals and filling the region's mortuaries. There is a link to social deprivation, health and life expectancy. I would broaden that to say there is a link between personal self-esteem, self-control, educational achievement and life expectancy.

It doesn't necessarily cost more to eat healthily, and it certainly costs nothing to get some moderate daily exercise. Self-control costs nothing more than willpower. A child growing up in a family who are all obese, who do little or no exercise, who smoke, who eat and drink to excess, etc., is far more likely to end up with exactly the same preventable health issues as their family in their very early years.
My wife and I went into Bishop Auckland Newgate Street last Friday afternoon. We were shocked at how unhealthy a large percentage of the people were; the majority of people were obese, many in mobility scooters, some of those walking were clearly struggling and out of breath walking very slowly on a flat street. And those are the ones who are able to make it into the town centre - how many more are housebound as a result of preventable diet and lifestyle health issues? It's the same across the region - a legacy of poor diet and lifestyle overloading the region's NHS doctor's surgeries and hospitals and filling the region's mortuaries. There is a link to social deprivation, health and life expectancy. I would broaden that to say there is a link between personal self-esteem, self-control, educational achievement and life expectancy. It doesn't necessarily cost more to eat healthily, and it certainly costs nothing to get some moderate daily exercise. Self-control costs nothing more than willpower. A child growing up in a family who are all obese, who do little or no exercise, who smoke, who eat and drink to excess, etc., is far more likely to end up with exactly the same preventable health issues as their family in their very early years. Ally F
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11:58am Thu 26 Jun 14

laboursfoe says...

Higher than average deaths due to smoking and drinking, presumably due to excess.

How then can the income deprivation be linked to this?? Surely income cannot be an issue for these deaths?

If I had the disposable income to waste on fags and booze, I think I'd put it to better use.
Higher than average deaths due to smoking and drinking, presumably due to excess. How then can the income deprivation be linked to this?? Surely income cannot be an issue for these deaths? If I had the disposable income to waste on fags and booze, I think I'd put it to better use. laboursfoe
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2:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Voice-of-reality says...

I fail to see what the Reich Master of Propaganda, Dr Goebells, has to do with the debate. Did you, per chance, mean to allude to the 'angel of death', and doctor of medicine (rather than philosophy), Dr Mengele?
I fail to see what the Reich Master of Propaganda, Dr Goebells, has to do with the debate. Did you, per chance, mean to allude to the 'angel of death', and doctor of medicine (rather than philosophy), Dr Mengele? Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 1

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