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According to The Edinburgh Evening News: Levels of obesity in Lothian have hit record numbers, despite the vast majority of individuals believing they are fit and healthy.

One of the most comprehensive studies into the health of the region ever carried out also painted a stark picture of inequality, with a huge physical and mental health gap between those living in the richest and the poorest areas.

Experts said that the study had shown that people were looking at their own health through “rose-tinted glasses” and that it had proven that while high-profile education campaigns may have got health messages across to the general public, they had often failed to change behaviour in a meaningful way.

The Lothian Health and Lifestyle Survey, which saw almost 15,000 questionnaires returned from a representative sample of the population, revealed that more than 85 per cent of people think their general health is excellent, very good or good, with roughly the same proportion rating their fitness level as reasonable or better.

But in reality, almost six out of ten adults are now overweight or obese, a rise of more than 13 per cent in just eight years. (Edinburgh Evening News)

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