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Shocking Barnsley Obesity Statistics Revealed

Wednesday February 26 2014

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

LATEST figures have shown that more than 70 per cent of adults in Barnsley are overweight.

The figures - released by Public Health England - makes Barnsley the second most obese town in the county, behind only Doncaster.

Dr Stephen Morton, centre director at PHE, said: "It's an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level.

"This new data will enable councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in the figures by 2020."

What do you think? How could the figures be reduced? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 10:11
Poor diet, lazy convenience food and a lack of education to a healthier lifestyle. That is the problem.

Do we really need another Greggs, McDonalds or KFC?

Healthy eating is not nearly as expensive as junk food, so that is not an excuse.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 19:18
Lack of decent paid jobs leads to obesity look at the stats and report back.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 20:15
Lack of decent paid jobs leads to obesity??

The poor hand decides to shovel calories into the poor mouth and the poor legs stop having the ability to walk and the poor couch gets overworked!

Poor does not equal obesity. Laziness and not being educated sufficiently about having a healthy lifestyle leads to poor choices. Not low wages.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 20:20
Agree again Richard apart from the education part. Mmm,apple or crisps? We all know which is the crap one.
Lazy and no self respect.

Reply Posted by june on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 20:53
Richard@ " Lack of decent paid jobs leads to obesity" FACTS

Reply Posted by july on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:11
June@ scoffing expensive takeaways, junk food and sweets leads to obesity FACTS.
Eating cheap fruit,veg,soups,chicken ,decent meals leads to self respect,normal weight,better health, FACT.
How you can blame low pay is beyond me. Junk food is expensive, FACT

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 20:17
Agree with Richard on this. I know lots of people with good jobs that are overweight. For some it is laziness and lack of self respect. There are lots of slobs around. Most fruit and veg are £1 per bag these days. Some would rather spend that pound on a bag of sodding crisps. No excuse,just lazy.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:09
@june apologies as I'm confused. Are you saying there are facts about low paid jobs leading to obesity?

I'm quite certain Eric Pickles is quite well paid, and although black is a very slimming colour, he still looks rather large.

How exactly is it that low wages equals obesity? Earlier I cooked a massive pot of soup which cost me under £2 and delivered over 12 servings. Healthy, nutritious and much cheaper than fish and chips, Big Mac or a KFC. FACT

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:20
Recipe for Richard's vegetable soup:

Onion £0.10p
Potatoes £0.30
Carrots £0.30
Water £0.00
Broccoli £0.80
Vegetable stock £0.20

Total cost (not including electric or gas) £1.70. Average cost per serving £0.14p and can be stored in a fridge for a week or frozen.

Cost of Big Mac £3
Fish and chips £3
KFC £3

OR to put it another way, 20 times more expensive than a heathy bowl of home made soup and MUCH more healthy. Just takes 25 minutes to make.

Now, I'll ask again....poor wages leads to obesity because?????

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday February 28 2014 at 07:27

Water £0.00? I take it you steal your water then?
Fish and Chips £3?


Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:32
Haha,bit watery that Richard but take your point.
Next time treat yersen and put some pearl barley and a bit of beef in there. Still cheaper than salt and fat laden takeaways.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:33
Low wages/ benefits don't make the members of that family overweight.

I agree with other posters when they say that people who are lazy couch potatoes, too idle to peel veg and cook fresh ingredients.........they tend to be overweight. These people may or may not have a decent income.
I work and some of my colleagues are overweight, they're certainly not on low wages.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:36
Haha apologies as I forgot to mention the corn flour....but I appreciate the good humour!

I think I made my point though, it appears that laziness and a lack of education or imagination is why people are fat. I'm not fat, I'm healthy and I know what's in my food, which is more than most can say about the junk they eat!

Reply Posted by Kfc on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:45
You ARE what you eat FACT.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 22:00
Haha, from the horses mouth@kfc!!!!
Its very true tho chicken.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 22:03
Something else to consider.....

Pint of lager 230 calories
Pint of cider 220 calories
Glass of wine 90 calories

Big Mac 550 calories
Fries 330 calories
Coke 220 calories

Recommended daily calorie intake between 2000-2500.

So not including breakfast or lunch or cups of coffee or chocolate bars etc, if someone regularly goes out for an evening and has a Big Mac plus fries, plus coke plus 3 pints of lager they have got through 1790 calories.

Of course it's highly likely it's also a high calorie lunch, energy drink perhaps, chocolate bar and maybe.....a bit more than three pints on a night! THAT IS THE PROBLEM.

Reply Posted by FAT FIGHTERS on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 23:12
Richard you sould work as a consultant for weight loss.. suit you down to a t. chating with the ladies and starting your own recipe club.. you need to get out more..

could also change your name DEAR RICARDO

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 22:17
I eat bad food all time terrible biscuit muncher on a night boredism kicks in but am 8st cos I daily excersise I don't have a problem it's not just what people eat get to gym n you'll soon see weight drop off

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 22:45
Lauren,you don't eat rubbish all the time. One of your post impressed me a while back,when you said you make meals for you and the kids from scratch!
A bit of crap food now and then not a problem,even though its horrible,its when family's live on it.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 22:25
@lauren you're obviously lucky with your weight. Any health expert will tell you good diet and exercise is key to a healthy body and mind. I'd be concerned about your liver and kidneys if your diet is mostly bad food, as high salt and saturated fat just ain't good for your insides no matter how slim you are.

Reply Posted by june on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 23:06
Richard - watch out for that bus/car etc. fat or thin it is along time dead. hahah

Reply Posted by fatty arbuckle on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 23:15
Having been chunky and slim, I know which is best. Being fat is a living hell.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 22:42
My mate was so skinny she looked anorexic. She had a routine cholesterol check up and is on tablets for the rest of her life. Because she was so thin she had eaten as much crap as she wanted. Obesity is just one obvious sign that your diet is wrong,there are lots of hidden dangers. You know, its not as if it tastes nice to be fair. Its just convieniant.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 23:13
@ June.....what on earth are you going on about?

I'm yet to see anything of value from you on this thread. Have you got anything good to offer on here?

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 23:29
To be honest with you @anon I have started to eat a lot of bad foods lately not normally me but I do cook healthy for my kids everyday they do have a freshly cooked meal for example I had a mcds for tea but still cooked the kids a fresh pasta salad with a sweet jacket potatoe each

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday February 27 2014 at 10:10
Richard - The Marjorie Dawes of Barnsley!

Of course low pay adds to the obesity problem there are loads of studies on the effects of low pay and obesity, ask google there are plenty of examples.

It is also a Tory / Neo-Liberal Sun / Daily Fail propaganda myth that people who are overweight are lazy.

I am probably around two stone over weight and do 60 hours a week some weeks 72 hours a week, so I guess I am lazy then Richard?

Also wanted to point out that contrary to being overweight I do have a healthy diet and go to the gym regularly.
I also hate mcd's with a passion, how anyone can chuck that muck down their gobs astonishes me!

Reply Posted by AlanB on Saturday March 1 2014 at 23:50
60 or 72 hours a week at work. Tha can't do. tha spends more time than that on here spouting rubbish.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday March 2 2014 at 00:02
Havent been on here much in the last few weeks but can admit that the internet availability is not very good.

90 hours this week so far....

That OK Bellend?

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday February 27 2014 at 10:35
You must be eating more than your body needs Steveo if you're so overweight. Laziness comes in more than just moving about,its poor food choice too and not being bothered to cook a healthy meal instead of processed rubbish. Don't know if you do eat that rubbish,I doubt you do,but you're obviously doing summat wrong. A tweak here and their would sort it.
Its made me laff,you two, Richard an Steveo

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday February 27 2014 at 10:53
I do eat extremely healthily and hardly ever eat takeaways, I have a mobility issue so the exercises I can do at the gym are severely limited. I do try though and if I didn't go to the gym regularly I would be like a house end!
Theres one thing that I have been unable to give up and that is Lager.Hmmmmm.

I agree tis all about choice, but in todays society where everyone has to work every hour god sends to earn a crust then the temptation is there to go and get a ready meal and bung it in the microwave isn't it?

Luckily my partner really looks after me and feeds me very well (perhaps too well!) The last thing I want to do after 16 hours at work is start peeling spuds.

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday February 27 2014 at 11:45
Ha you see,you dont have to be poorly paid to be obese. Plus the unemployed do have the time to peel them darn spuds,but many are still eating the wrong stuff. Plus there are gym deals out thier for those on benefits,they just dont use them. Lazy. Think WAB deleted the bit about you an Richard reminding me of the two well known man and wife team cooks of yesteryear Fanny and Johnny??? Very odd.Or am I losing it?Did I forget to type it. Anyway it med me laff your little soup and spud spat!

Reply Posted by Richard on Thursday February 27 2014 at 16:07
@ Steveo I still can't see anywhere that directly links (legitimately) being poorly paid and being overweight.

How bringing politics into this seems rather desperate, as it's simply about lazy folk unwilling to create healthy food as an option for themselves. Of course there are exemptions to the rule for legitimate reasons why people are overweight, but in which case are you suggesting 70% of all adults have thyroid problems? I think it's fair to say a large majority are actually too lazy and too greedy eating junk and doing little to reverse the problem.

Reply Posted by .... on Thursday February 27 2014 at 18:02
Have you got any more recipes Richard?

Reply Posted by Ron on Thursday February 27 2014 at 19:28
It is true that poorer areas tend to have the bigger percentage of overweight people. But the statistics don't explain why. I've no idea why either as cooking healthy well balanced food can be cheap

Reply Posted by tracey on Thursday February 27 2014 at 19:54
There are a lot of reasons for being overweight but who says what weight is right? I do think we need to do more cooking in school though and foods that are useful not things most people will never eat again.

Reply Posted by chris on Thursday February 27 2014 at 20:28
Poorer areas also have the highest percentage of smokers but that's another debate. I heard a useful quote recently and have been trying to stick to it. " If your great grandparents wouldn't recognise it as food, don't eat it". I have lost over a stone. You have to prepare food in order to eat healthily. I work very long hours and can readily see the appeal of fast food and ready meals, but cooking meat and veg doesn't take longer than half an hour tops...less than many ready meals.

Reply Posted by chan on Thursday February 27 2014 at 21:26
Has anyone took into consideration people's medical conditions in this report? A lot of medical conditions make people pile on weight and also medications do. Lots of ppl work long hrs too so may not get time to prepare a healthy balanced meal every night. N getting a healthy balanced low calorie pre made meal is about 2.50 as where u can pick up a smart price one for less than a quid. So if u r on a low income and want something for quickness that day obviously u r going to go for the cheaper more salty version, so if u look at it that way yes healthy eating is more expensive. Gym membership and swimming or exercise classes r extortionately priced too so people will not go exercise on low incomes either. The thing that gets me is that ppl drive everywhere even if it's only a 5/10 min walk ie school run so y not get that free exercise n walk? Yes ppl may have work aft so would need use of the car that's understandable but if there's no rush y not its cheaper, get the exercise and set a good example to the next generation.

Reply Posted by :-) on Saturday March 1 2014 at 15:10
Poor wages lead to obesity? I dont get how? If you have poor wage you dont go out and buy takeaways and beer, you spend what little money you have on food to last you longer than what a takeaway does! Unless you have a medical condition, you control how and what you eat, no point blaming it on how much you get paid because if you had any brains you wouldn't blow your low wage on shit like that!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday March 2 2014 at 00:10
Common sense dictates that if you have little money to feed your family then you are going to buy multipacks of food that is cheap and of which has very little or no actual nutritional value but fills ones belly.

Hmmm how does one who is on JSA actually afford takeaways?

Do tell....

Reply Posted by ....lou on Saturday March 1 2014 at 15:18
Why dont you try reducin prices of stuff healthy meat ,, lean is soo much more dearer i spend 20 on fruit and onli get strawberrys apples grapes oranges plums and kiwi my kids would rather snack on fruit that chocolate but cost way 2 much you can say its cheaper to eat healthyer but it not you dont got tescos and buy meal at a time u buy packs ov veg an tatis ect and trying to get it and fruit and meat lasts about 4 days and its all gone of £7 for lean meat depending how manys in family u may need 2 pqcks and thats just one meal so much easyier to buy crap coz its saves money and you get other things you need u cnt turn around and say im not payin my rent this week coz iv got dearer shoppin so im not obese you feed wot you can afford not every one buys fish and chips but a piecw of steak £4 for one compared to a bag chicken nuggwts which will feed full family is obv choice if u short of money if they moanin bout obesity why dont they make healthy stuff cheaper and non healthy stuff dearer soon sort stuff out !!!!! Rant ova

Reply Posted by Kirsty on Saturday March 1 2014 at 16:05
we need more trained professionals especially dietitians, as opposed to employing more untrained healthy lifestyle advisors.... also need more psychological support for those wanting to lose weight. Change for life Barnsley is a free service to help people lose weight if they want to, but it needs more trained people in the right jobs.

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday March 1 2014 at 17:03
Crikey Kirsty, trained to tell us what? Sausage rolls bad for you? Along with crisps,sweets,puds,takeaways, frozen Chios,McDonalds.???

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday March 1 2014 at 17:10
Kirsty, I hope people know what's fattening and what's not. Its all about 3 meals per day,not 13. A ham salad sarny not a sausage one, a bowl of porrige with fruit, not a fry up or the horror that is coco pops. And meat and 2 veg for dinner.With fruit in between. A bit of a walk or more each day. Its easy love. It really is true you are what you eat and a little bit of what you fancy does you good. No one taught me that! I know it already.

Reply Posted by craig on Saturday March 1 2014 at 16:35
Richard again - knows everything about schools - schools do healthy eating programs - feed tge children healthy food - can't help what they get fed at home

Reply Posted by craig on Saturday March 1 2014 at 16:38
@Richard again - you brought politics into this discussion last time as you blamed the labour council for allowing fast food restaurant s in Barnsley. So barnsley is the only place this happens?

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday March 2 2014 at 00:06
I'm glad someone else is noticing the deficiencies in the arguments from our dear learned neo - liberal friend - Richard.

Reply Posted by bec on Saturday March 1 2014 at 16:57
I know of lots of households where no one can cook. They only know how to put chips and nuggets in the fryer or oven. School is the place to start by showing kids how to make cheap healthy food. My son had to take ready made pastry and sausages to make sausage rolls, ready made pastry and a tin of stewed steak to make Greg's pasties. U complained and was told this is what kids eat and they had limited time. I asked why not make omelette, boiled eggs, welsh rarebit.......

Reply Posted by nigella on Saturday March 1 2014 at 17:01
Your so right bec.

Reply Posted by .... on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:06
Tell ya how it can be solved. Get all the lazy f*****s to get off their arse. And not to the takeaway either. There's no excuse. They're just fat and bone idol! Those with medical conditions is a different kettle of fish where they can't control their weight. Not people who go on disability or put it on for being fat because they're too scared to go down the fruit and veg aisle. Those people know exactly who they are!

Reply Posted by -.- on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:30
i eat alot of junk food and only weight bout 7stone wet through! so 'the junk food makes you fat' theory isnt always true!!! -.-

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:35
Yes but -.- have you had your cholesterol checked recently? Just asking cos I'm a size 14 an happy,my Hubby's slim as a slim thing, in fact skinny, but my cholesterol is 3.5 whilst his is 6!!
All is not always as it seems.

Reply Posted by kim on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:37
my friend weighed in at 22 stone and got run over by a bus. sadly didn,t survive,

Reply Posted by billy bunter on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:47
Can't see that kim! The bus wouldn't have run over your mate at 22stone! Maybe run into em!
A Sherpa tank wudda struggled getting ova that mountain!

Reply Posted by -.- on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:39
I have it checked regularly, they never say its any different. They still say im healthy and could stand to put abit of weight on (which is true) however, i eat all the fatty ''rubish'' food i want and dont put weight on.. so just saying it isnt always true.

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:43
Well -.- I must admit, wish I was you! You lucky bugger! Lol.

Reply Posted by -.- on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:45
Tbh, id rarther have more weight on, i easily get cold in winter, Lol!

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday March 1 2014 at 22:52
Yes,we forget the skinnys. My sons the same,more fat on a chip and he's 6'2 so he looks like Mr.muscle. lol.
Eeeeee we can't win. To be fair tho,as one that easy puts it on, I've had to struggle all my life cos my Hubby's like you,can eat anything! Snot fair is it?.
I do really keep it off tho an always have. Sensible eating. You Lucky lucky person!! Haha!

Reply Posted by :-) on Sunday March 2 2014 at 12:42
I agree with your question steveo! How do they afford it? Cos both me and my partner work full time jobs, he's part of management and we can probs afford to treat ourselves once a month on a takeaway as we have other things to pay for! That's why we use our brains and buy food to last us rather than takeaways all the time! If stuff is too expensive we go for a cheaper brand..doesnt have to be proper full on cheapo brand, morrisons, Asda and Tesco all have 2 cheap brands. They all taste the same anyway. Like I said, low income is not an excuse for being obese!!

Reply Posted by Richard on Monday March 3 2014 at 12:56
I'm sorry Steveo, I couldn't calculate the exact cost of a pot of water, so I put it down as zero cost, as the majority of a regular person's water bill goes on baths, showers, flushing the toilet etc. please advise the exact cost of a pot of water and I will amend my recipe calculation. If that's how desperate you wish to be in a weak attempt at creating an argument.

Bottom line is majority of fat people have a poor diet and a poor lifestyle. It does not necessarily mean they are poor in the pocket, but I am simply bringing to the attention of folk that healthy eating is not as expensive as many would otherwise think.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday March 3 2014 at 17:49
Where is the desperation you speak of?

I was merely pointing out the deficiencies in your posts, yet again....

Tut tut....

Reply Posted by Richard on Monday March 3 2014 at 13:14
Anyway, Steveo, wasn't it you implying that poorly paid jobs leads to obesity?

Aldi, Lidl and the like have fresh fruit and vegetables at very cheap prices. The nutritional value will ALWAYS be better than multi packs of rubbish food at similar cost.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday March 3 2014 at 17:47
Aldi and Lidl , never been in one and neither has the missus.

I am also shocked to think that a neo-liberal like you would ever stoop so low as to shop at the "cheap" shops, thought you would have been an M&S or Waitrose kind of guy.


Reply Posted by lauren on Monday March 3 2014 at 18:57
Can I just add eating healthy does not start at school it's starts at home for the first three to four years of a child's life they are at home with their parents part from the private nursery groups which I don't work at I work in a primary school parents need to start kick the healthy eating at home and we as teachers carry that on through the rest of their school life so your totally wrong for saying it starts at school mother and father are responsible teachers these days get blamed for everything when majority of the things are actually down to patents need to get a grip teachers are not responsible for everything that child does or doesn't do

Reply Posted by Hazjay on Wednesday March 1 2017 at 18:25
You often see obese grandparents with obese children and grandchildren headed the same way. It's all the fault of the fatty at the top family chain, if you cannot be bothered to set an example to your children and their children then the chain will carry on. Feeding cakes and biscuits to children just because they are playing up or hungry is abuse especially if the said child is overweight already. Fatties get a grip buy some trainers and get a good steamer and instead of watching endless crap on the TV go for a long walk