Life expectancy shock

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WIGANERS’ lives are drastically shorter than the average Brit’s, shock new figures reveal.

While most people around the country can these days expect to see 80, the average Wigan resident only makes it to 78 and in the most deprived areas of the borough they die much younger than that.

In fact, figures published as part of a Council public health plan also show an 11-year difference between the average life expectancy of those living in the most affluent parts of the borough and those in the poorest.

The local Shadow Health And Wellbeing Board has identified several borough health challenges linked to dying younger including obesity, excessive drinking and other long-term medical conditions.

Obesity remains a major worry with a quarter of local adults classed as overweight.

Despite falling from 28.5 per cent, the figure still remains above the national average of 23 per cent.

And the number of obese adults is expected to increase 18 per cent on 2010 figures to more than 83,000 people in a borough of 320,000.

Alcohol is also blamed for shortening lives and more than 66,000 Wiganers are estimated to be drinking too heavily, representing 30.7 per cent of the population, compared with the national average of 27.9 per cent.

An estimate of 80,000 people have long term health problems, totalling 22 per cent of the population, which is higher than the national figure of 18 per cent. These include heart and respiratory conditions.

In Wigan, most over-65s have two or more conditions, and most over-75s have three or more ailments.