In England, two thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Poor diet and obesity are leading causes of premature death and mortality and are associated with a wide range of diseases including cardiovascular disease and some cancers, which can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
An indicator of healthy eating is the proportion of adults who report that they eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables on a usual day.
The latest data, from 2019-20, suggests that 58.4% of adults in Buckinghamshire eat the recommended ‘5 a day’. Comparative data in the same timeframe suggests that the proportion of adults eating 5 a day in the South East is similar to the rates in Buckinghamshire, at 58.3%. However, a slightly lower proportion of adults in England eat enough fruit and vegetables, at 55.4% in 2019-20.
Data from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) shows that the proportion of adults eating healthily in Buckinghamshire, the South East and the whole of England have stayed relatively stable from 2015-16 to 2019-20.
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