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Life Expectancy Between Scarborough Borough Wards Differs by up to 11 Years

There is an 11 year difference in life expectancy for men between Castle ward and Esk Valley ward.

Men in Castle ward can expect to live 56 years in good health while men in Esk Valley ward spend 69 years in good health.

For women the difference between the best and worst performing wards is 8 years less.

It's one of the findings from Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty’s annual report which has analysed the health and wellbeing of England’s coastal communities.

The report says the Scarborough Borough has higher rates of adults who are physically inactive as well as a higher prevalence of overweight and obese adults.

Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill says there is no one solution to the problem but thinks there needs to be more work done to help people tackle the issues themselves.

A summery of the report presented to County Councillors states that 85% of North Yorkshire's most deprived residents live in the Scarborough borough.

The report says the differences in life expectancy are caused by a range of disease, a high proportion of homes being fuel poor, high rates of physical inactivity, adult obesity and smoking.

North Yorkshire's Director of public Louise Wallace agrees there are a number of causes which need to be tackled.

The summery report states:

Life expectancy at birth is increasing for men in Scarborough, but remains lower than both North Yorkshire and England. For females, the life expectancy in Scarborough is slightly lower than England and North Yorkshire. For Scarborough, the biggest contributor to the
life expectancy gap for both men and women is circulatory diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

By comparing healthy life expectancy with overall life expectancy, we can get a richer picture of years spent in good health. In Scarborough, there is wide variation in the years spent in good health for both males and females between wards, indicating within district health inequalities. There is an 11 year difference in life expectancy for males between Castle ward and Esk Valley ward. Men in Castle ward can expect to live 56 years in good health (77% of their life), but men in Esk Valley ward spend 69 years in good health (83% of their longer life). Women in Hertford ward spend 63 years in good health, while women in Derwent Valley ward spend 71 years of their life in good health. For both sexes, the wards with the highest life expectancy exceed that seen by England and those with the lowest life expectancy are below the England figures.

A profile of the key data is available here

https://hub.datanorthyorkshire.org/dataset/7bd880b4-4bc1-42da-b87c-20bb1f7838f2/resource/dc51bfeb-6a47-4360-b2dc-2ee09e83117d/download/scarborough-profile-2021.pdf

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