THE shocking state of Yorkshire's health was unveiled today.
Tens of thousands of people in the region are fat, affected by smoking or alcohol and prone to heart disease, says a survey.
The Government survey also reveals that tens of thousands of people will die earlier in Yorkshire than in other parts of the country.
Overall, there are more than 1,800 extra deaths in Yorkshire each year, compared with the national average.
Other statistics are frightening. Rates of obesity among men have increased by a third in just four years, with a quarter of all men in Yorkshire now officially obese.
Alcohol abuse leads to 650,000 hospital visits every year - and that costs £170m.
Only 28% of the people in Yorkshire are said to do enough exercise to keep healthy.
Paul Johnstone, the Government's regional director for public health, said it was a huge challenge to improve the health of the county's population.
"Obesity rates are going up very, very quickly. People are not exercising as much and eating habits have changed.
"This will lead to ill-health, not just for now but for the next generation," he added. "We have to do something about it now.
"We want to hear the views of a wide range of people, because we all have a role to play in improving the region's health."
Ideas include improving the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten in schools, reducing fats and salts in food, promoting activities and fitness events more and encouraging more sport in schools.
Mr Johnstone said it was also vital that work continued to try to ban smoking, particularly in places such as pubs and restaurants.
* More than 100 organisations today joined forces to call for a ban on the advertising and promotion of "junk" food to children.
The groups say the marketing of food and drink high in salt, sugar and fat puts children's health at risk.
The call is co-ordinated by Sustain, a group which campaigns for better food and farming.