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HEALTH CRISIS LOOMS

PUBLISHED: 11:58 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 21 July 2010

FOR the second year running, Hackney residents have been warned to change their unhealthy lifestyles, or risk becoming the sickest people in the country...

FOR the second year running, Hackney residents have been warned to change their unhealthy lifestyles, or risk becoming the sickest people in the country.

Smoking, fast food diets, and lack of exercise are set to cause alarming levels of illness and put strain on local health authorities in future years.

The Health of the Nation report released last week ranked Hackney as the third worst borough in the country with severely unhealthy lifestyles likely to lead to serious health problems in the future.

Neighbouring Tower Hamlets topped the list, followed by the south London borough of Southwark.

The worst places in the country for health remain old industrial and mining centres, such as Easington and Co Durham, but the report warned Hackney would soon catch up if current unhealthy lifestyles are left unchecked.

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