Castle Point is the 7th fattest area in the UK

Deborah Cassar lost four stone after she saw herself in this dress.

Deborah Cassar lost four stone after she saw herself in this dress.

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STAGGERING new statistics have revealed three in four people in Castle Point are overweight or obese.

A survey has revealed the number of obese people in the borough now stands at 72.8 per cent – making it the seventh fattest region in the entire country.

The newly-released data offers a stark reality check only 18 months after the Olympic Mountain Biking was held in Hadleigh – with many in south Essex expecting to get fit after the global sporting event came to the UK.

There are about 89,000 people in the borough, meaning more than 63,000 are overweight.

This compares with 71.7 per cent of the Basildon population being overweight, 71.3 per cent of the population in Rochford, 70.8 per cent in Thurrock, and 64.4 per cent in Southend.

Deborah Cassar, 54, joined Slimming World in January 2013 after she saw a picture of herself in a size 20 dress.

Since then, she has lost four stone and launched a Slimming World group at the Thundersley Methodist Church, in Benfleet.

She said: “This is unbelievable news and I can’t believe the numbers are so high.

“I have been running the group since October and have had a lot of enthusiastic people come and lose weight. It’s so easy and is all about healthy eating.

“In January, my 39 members lost 17 stones, 9lbs and I was so proud of them. There is no reason that others can’t achieve what my group has and I would encourage anyone who wants to lose a bit of weight to join.”

The figures were compiled by Public Health England by the percentage of people with a Body Mass Index of more than the healthy 25.

The national average is 64 per cent.

Mrs Cassar added: “I needed to change after I saw a photo of myself in that dress and Slimming World helped me.

“I can’t encourage people enough to get involved and shed that unwanted weight.”

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7:03am Fri 7 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

Eat less, exercise more or pay for two train tickets.
Eat less, exercise more or pay for two train tickets. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 8

8:04am Fri 7 Feb 14

Motherlode says...

If Essex is going to be a great place to live and work, it needs to become healthier. There's a great TED talk by the mayor of Oklahoma City on how they lost a million pounds and went from one of the fattest US cities to one of the fittest. The solution doesn't include free advertising for slimming clubs.
If Essex is going to be a great place to live and work, it needs to become healthier. There's a great TED talk by the mayor of Oklahoma City on how they lost a million pounds and went from one of the fattest US cities to one of the fittest. The solution doesn't include free advertising for slimming clubs. Motherlode
  • Score: 3

8:07am Fri 7 Feb 14

BarryTanner says...

Seventh? Come on Castle Point, with a little less effort and few more hours at the trough you could get top three next year. We know you can do it!!
Seventh? Come on Castle Point, with a little less effort and few more hours at the trough you could get top three next year. We know you can do it!! BarryTanner
  • Score: 11

8:10am Fri 7 Feb 14

Nebs says...

If all the fat people got thinner and healthier then the unemployment rate would grow as less people would be needed in fast food restaurants and food shops. Tax would also need to rise as they would live longer meaning more payouts for pensions.
If every thin person made the effort to eat a cream cake each week then the extra jobs in the bakery business would be a boost to the economy.
If all the fat people got thinner and healthier then the unemployment rate would grow as less people would be needed in fast food restaurants and food shops. Tax would also need to rise as they would live longer meaning more payouts for pensions. If every thin person made the effort to eat a cream cake each week then the extra jobs in the bakery business would be a boost to the economy. Nebs
  • Score: 6

8:11am Fri 7 Feb 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

My husband is overweight due to a medical condition so all of you that make snide remarks can bog off and get a life, there are more important people than you in the world. You need to understand life more instead of making stupid disparaging remarks when you only have one brain cell.
My husband is overweight due to a medical condition so all of you that make snide remarks can bog off and get a life, there are more important people than you in the world. You need to understand life more instead of making stupid disparaging remarks when you only have one brain cell. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -6

8:11am Fri 7 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

all those '2 for 1' pizza deals not helping.....
all those '2 for 1' pizza deals not helping..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

8:13am Fri 7 Feb 14

Thorp55 says...

How did they come up with these results. I don't recall being checked and weighed by the nanny brigade.yes some people are over weight but look around 70percent fat ....I don't think so. Scaremongering by the powers that be.I expect they thought let's put some southern areas in to balance the tables.
How did they come up with these results. I don't recall being checked and weighed by the nanny brigade.yes some people are over weight but look around 70percent fat ....I don't think so. Scaremongering by the powers that be.I expect they thought let's put some southern areas in to balance the tables. Thorp55
  • Score: 4

9:07am Fri 7 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Salads and veg aren't cheap, neither is chicken and other lean meats, junk food is, I think this is the problem ...
Salads and veg aren't cheap, neither is chicken and other lean meats, junk food is, I think this is the problem ... InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 11

9:25am Fri 7 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

More info from the University of blindingly bleedingly obvious. One need only take a stroll along the 'Golden Mile' to see legion of Hippos and land whales clad in velour tracksuits stuffing their fat chops. Or Argos - another fave haunt of lardies. I've seen the fat b*stards queue for 20 minutes at drive in fast food shacks - places where, if you parked and walked 20 yards you could get served in under 5 minutes. It's probably the 20 yard 'marathon' that puts them off.

No wonder Somerset is flooded - too may fatties making the place sink. Canvey can't be far off now.
More info from the University of blindingly bleedingly obvious. One need only take a stroll along the 'Golden Mile' to see legion of Hippos and land whales clad in velour tracksuits stuffing their fat chops. Or Argos - another fave haunt of lardies. I've seen the fat b*stards queue for 20 minutes at drive in fast food shacks - places where, if you parked and walked 20 yards you could get served in under 5 minutes. It's probably the 20 yard 'marathon' that puts them off. No wonder Somerset is flooded - too may fatties making the place sink. Canvey can't be far off now. RochfordRob
  • Score: -5

10:07am Fri 7 Feb 14

robb789 says...

Yeah its like proper "It's a knockout" when visiting Castle Point area
Yeah its like proper "It's a knockout" when visiting Castle Point area robb789
  • Score: -2

12:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Salads and veg aren't cheap, neither is chicken and other lean meats, junk food is, I think this is the problem ...
I stood behind a fella in Aldis the other day, he had a large turkey roast, several bags of veg - enough for two meals for four people. He spent £4.95.

Less than a packet of fags and a Big Mac.

QED.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Salads and veg aren't cheap, neither is chicken and other lean meats, junk food is, I think this is the problem ...[/p][/quote]I stood behind a fella in Aldis the other day, he had a large turkey roast, several bags of veg - enough for two meals for four people. He spent £4.95. Less than a packet of fags and a Big Mac. QED. RochfordRob
  • Score: -2

1:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Nebs says...

RochfordRob wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
Salads and veg aren't cheap, neither is chicken and other lean meats, junk food is, I think this is the problem ...
I stood behind a fella in Aldis the other day, he had a large turkey roast, several bags of veg - enough for two meals for four people. He spent £4.95.

Less than a packet of fags and a Big Mac.

QED.
That was just his breakfast.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Salads and veg aren't cheap, neither is chicken and other lean meats, junk food is, I think this is the problem ...[/p][/quote]I stood behind a fella in Aldis the other day, he had a large turkey roast, several bags of veg - enough for two meals for four people. He spent £4.95. Less than a packet of fags and a Big Mac. QED.[/p][/quote]That was just his breakfast. Nebs
  • Score: 0

3:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Phil McCrakin says...

Does the ECHO charge for these type of adverts ?
Does the ECHO charge for these type of adverts ? Phil McCrakin
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Fri 7 Feb 14

runwellian says...

On Canvey they live on an Island so have less space to walk. I know many folk that have never left the island, they need to discover what is on the other side of the bridge!
On Canvey they live on an Island so have less space to walk. I know many folk that have never left the island, they need to discover what is on the other side of the bridge! runwellian
  • Score: -3

5:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

runwellian wrote:
On Canvey they live on an Island so have less space to walk. I know many folk that have never left the island, they need to discover what is on the other side of the bridge!
They would discover as many fat people as on Canvey. The statistic is for Castle Point not Canvey.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: On Canvey they live on an Island so have less space to walk. I know many folk that have never left the island, they need to discover what is on the other side of the bridge![/p][/quote]They would discover as many fat people as on Canvey. The statistic is for Castle Point not Canvey. John T Pharro
  • Score: 4

10:27am Sat 8 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Pitsea was sixth. Laindon Fifth and Basildon fourth......
Pitsea was sixth. Laindon Fifth and Basildon fourth...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

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