Nottingham City centre

Nottinghamshire has been ranked the 8th unhealthiest city with a significantly shorter life expectancy than the countries average.

Nottingham’s joint strategic needs assessment shows that life expectancy for those in the county is below the England average with less than three years for men and two years for women.

The largest contributors to the difference in statistics are illnesses such as cancer and respiratory disease alongside lifestyle differences.

Dr Hugh Porter, a clinical commissioning group representative said: “Nottingham is a large city and I recognise that we have many residents whose lifestyle is unhealthy.

“People need to understand that eating healthy alongside regular exercise will improve your quality of life and has the potential to increase your life expectancy.”

Nottingham’s health and wellbeing strategy created a ‘Happier Healthier Lives’ programme to tackle the issue of health inequality across the region.

As data shows that there is a difference of 12 years for residents living in good health between the most and least affluent areas of Nottingham.

Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark a current member of the board said: “The biggest issue behind unhealthy lifestyles is inequalities within accessing health care.

“This is what kickstarted our campaign some form of change had to happen, it isn’t fair for people to suffer just because of their status or residency.

“Our goal is to place emphasis on adapting healthy lifestyles through physical health whilst maintaining a positive mindset regardless of people’s financial boundaries.”

Over the last decade there has been a contrast of data in different regions across Nottingham.

Care delivery groups (CDG) one to six are lower than the England life expectancy average, with CDG eight similar to the statistic.

Men in CDG seven will live two years longer and women four years than the UK average.

Those living in CDG four such as the Arboretum and Lenton area are expected to live seven years less than those in Wollaton west and east classed as CDG seven.

Arboretum residents are expected to live 11 years less than those in Wollaton west.

Nottingham’s health and wellbeing board focuses on reducing health inequalities with the key aim of improving resident’s life expectancy, which they have somewhat achieved due to an increase of 2.3 years for men and 0.8 for women in the last ten years.