Salford has been named as having the worst record in the country for cancer caused by obesity.
And it's estimated that well over half of us in the North West are either obese or overweight.
But there are people out there working hard to educate us about healthy eating and lifestyles.
And to mark National Obesity Week, Tim Scott visited one programme in Salford, which is helping people get active and make healthy choices:
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The North West has the worst heart disease rates in the country.
There are around 300,000 people now living with heart disease in this region.
In Tameside, the problem is at its most acute, with the highest rate of coronary heart disease.
That is almost three times higher than in one of the most affluent parts of London.
A Public Health England spokesperson said:
“PHE can confirm it has undertaken precautionary tests relating to a patient presently at North Manchester General Hospital, who has a history of travel to West Africa.
"Ebola was considered unlikely but testing was being done as a precaution, and was negative.”
Officials at North Manchester General Hospital say a patient being tested for Ebola does not have the virus.
More to follow.
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital has carried out the North West’s first operation to fit a patient with a new device designed to tackle heart failure. John Oates has been fitted with a device called CardioFit as part of a new research project. It means, John, who's 63 and from Cleveleys in Lancashire, now has a pacemaker on the left of his heart and the CardioFit on the right. John said he hopes the quality of his life will improve dramatically.
The project is one of 10 in the UK. Health experts hope they have the potential to radically transform the treatment of heart failure - one of the fastest growing cardiovascular disorders in the UK.
Heart attacks are devastating thousands of families across the North West according to a new survey by the British Heart Foundation. People with a family member who have suffered a heart attack were questioned. 44% said they live in constant fear of their loved one suffering a repeat attack and 31% say they feel trapped by the after effects.
The British Heart Foundation says seven in ten people now survive attacks, but are often left with debilitating heart conditions including heart failure and angina. Their report also says there's a toll on people’s emotional health with nearly half of survivors saying they’ve felt low or depressed after their heart attack, even many years after the event.