Diet and nutrition
What are the key issues?
Breastfeeding rates are amongst the lowest in England and the gap between Stockton-on-Tees and England is widening.
At all ages, the proportion of people who are overweight and obese is higher than England. Only one in five adults eats a healthy diet.
People in vulnerable groups and those with low incomes are at increased risk of having malnutrition from diet-related illness.
There are high rates of dental decay in children, which will be significantly influenced by diet. There is a four-fold difference in decay rates between the best and worst wards.