Sunderland and Middlesbrough get health warnings.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) looked at 70 towns and cities across the UK with the ‘largest core retail boundaries’.

Each location was given a score according to the number of ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ businesses in the main shopping areas.

The findings were based on the proportion of businesses found in their main retail area that either “support or harm the public’s health.”

The RSPH says that ‘based on public and expert, bookmakers, payday loan shops, fast food outlets and tanning salons have the most negative impact on health, while pharmacies, leisure centres, and health services have the most positive.

The ‘top’ ten unhealthiest were:

1 Preston

2 Middlesbrough

3 Coventry

4 Blackpool

5 Northampton

6 Wolverhampton

7 Grimsby

8 Huddersfield

9 Stoke-On-Trent

10 Eastbourne

Sunderland also did ‘well’, coming out at number 26th most unhealthy town/city to live.

As for Newcastle, the health conscious Geordie metropolis came in at a distant 40th in the unhealthy list, behind Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Lincoln and Tunbridge Wells.

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