Scilly is 'third best in England for healthy eating'

September 13, 2018

The Isles of Scilly is the third best spot in England for healthy eating, according to government research. 

 

Public Health England has identified healthy eating hotspots based on the proportion of the population eating their ‘5 a day’ portions of fruit and veg in 2016/17.

 

Some 67.7% of survey respondents from Scilly hit the 5-a-day target, behind Richmond upon Thames on 68.8% and Herefordshire on 68.5%. The Isle of Wight and Brighton & Hove were fourth and fifth.

 

The London borough of Newham was the worst area for healthy eating with 45.7%

 

On average, 57.4% of people who live in England were found to get their 5-a-day.

 

A British Nutrition Foundation spokesperson told MailOnline that deprivation was one of the main factors behind the regional variations.

 

'We know that meeting the recommendation is associated with a reduced risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke and some cancers so it’s worrying that many people in the UK are not eating enough fruit and vegetables, despite it being such a well-recognised health message."

 

PHE's data was collected via the Active Lives survey, with respondents aged between 16 and 75 reporting their fruit and vegetable intake on a given day.

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