Shock stats: Lincolnshire's fags and food shame
More than one in five adults in Lincolnshire smoke and one in every four is classed as obese.
The figures have been released by Public Health England as part of its annual snapshot on the nation's health.
The Health Profile 2013 also reveals 18.4 per cent of Lincolnshire women were found to smoke during their pregnancy, while the figures for diabetes diagnoses, hip fractures and road injuries in the county were also significantly above the national average.
In Lincoln, average life expectancies can differ up to 10.6 years for men and nearly six years for women in different areas.
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And in the final year of primary school, 23 per cent of year six pupils in the city – aged 10 and 11 – are clinicially obese.
Sue Cousland, Chief Nurse at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said LCHS was already acting on the information in the new profiles.
"We work in partnership with healthcare organisations across Lincolnshire to ensure we can support the health needs of our community," she said.
"The health profiles provide a useful summary of each district around the county and has helpful indicators where health improvements need to be made.
"We work closely with our patients, service users, their carers and family members to help develop our services.
"And we are always looking to see how we can improve further.
"We currently offer a range of healthy lifestyle services for the whole family.
"This includes baby cafes to support breastfeeding mothers and our sexual health service which provides advice and support for all aspects of that field.
"We also provide the Phoenix Smoking Cessation Service that offers support to people who wish to stop smoking – including pregnant women – who can either self-refer into the service or can be referred by their GP or midwife.
"The organisation has noted key issues raised in this report and will continue to work with the residents of Lincolnshire to improve health and wellbeing."
The report has shown that Lincolnshire as a whole has 21 per cent of all adults smoking, slightly higher than the national average of 20 per cent. Meanwhile 25 per cent of Lincolnshire adults are obese, compared to a national average of 24.2 per cent.
Also significantly worse than the national average were the 1,445 Lincolnshire hospital stays because of self-harming and 39,976 people diagnosed with diabetes.
The rural nature of the county and the fact people live longer is reflected in the 979 hip fractures in the over-65s age group.
Also high is the 468 road injuries and deaths per 100,000 population average for 2009 to 2011.
Lincolnshire County Council, which is responsible for community health in the county, is tackling the issues after producing a joint health and wellbeing strategy for 2013 to 2018.
It is based on five themes – and has been endorsed by eight health agencies serving the county.
The themes are: Promoting healthier lifestyles, improving the health of older people in Lincolnshire, delivering high quality systematic care for major causes of ill-health and disability, improving health and social outcomes and reducing inequalities for children, and tackling the social determinants of health.