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Skewed image of our health
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
People in Bradford tend to think they are healthier than they actually are.
As part of the new report, for the first time data from the Census about how well people feel has been coupled with public health figures about how well they actually are.
And there’s quite a mismatch.
More than four in five people rated their health as either good or very good in the latest Census.
But in reality, the district has some serious public health problems.
- An infant mortality rate which is one of the highest in England and Wales
- Above-average, and rising, rates of diabetes
- Below-average life expectancy
Council leader Coun David Green said: “Many of the health issues that Bradford faces – like diabetes or heart disease – until they get serious, you don’t know you’ve got them.
“People think, ‘I’ve got a great heart’, until it suddenly decides to stop working.
“That may be a reflection of the sort of health challenges we face. We need to highlight that one of the reasons we have got the ill health is because people don’t think they have got diabetes, say, until it’s a serious case of diabetes.
“If people went to the dooctors and got checked up, it may prevent that health condition getting worse.”
Strategic support manager Wendy Hall said it was insights like this that made creating the Understanding Bradford District report so worthwhile.
She said: “It’s about public education, health and looking after yourself. It gives policy-makers different information to work from.”