Halton's poor record for heart disease, cancer and obesity

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

The average household in Runcorn and Widnes throws away almost £50 worth of food a month.

Dumping our rubbish in landfill will cost £2.8 million this year. This bill will rocket by a further £1m in four years as landfill taxes rise.

Approximately 600 Halton residents are diagnosed with cancer each year and around 300 die from the disease, according to NHS statistics.

Coronary heart disease is the largest cause of death in Halton, and cancer is the second.

Halton and St Helens has a mortality rate of 101.26 people per 100,000, compared to a national average of 77.63.

Diabetes UK says there has been an alarming rise in cases with 17,114 people aged over 17, registered with GPs in Halton and St Helens now diagnosed with diabetes.

Obesity has risen substantially, with around 20 per cent of Halton residents measured obese in the latest survey.

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