People die younger in Derry
People in the North West are more likely to grow fatter and die younger than those elsewhere, a new study has revealed, with Londonderry having the highest incidence and mortality rate for cancer anywhere in Ireland.
The state of health in the Western area was revealed by a local health organisation ahead of the launch of a new Active Families programme, which aims to tackle cardiac heart disease, alcohol misuse and abuse, while also raising life expectancy in the region.
The programme represents a growing partnership between Western Investing for Health and Western Group Environmental Health, which encompasses the local district councils of Derry, Strabane and Limavady as well as Omagh and Fermanagh.
Figures claim almost 10% of current population of 293,000 in the Western Area are obese.