03/25/2015 10:37 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Saskatoon report shows fewers smokers, but more obesity and binge drinking

SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Health Region has released a report indicating there are fewer smokers and more people are physically active, but obesity and binge drinking are on the rise.

The report says less than one in five people use tobacco and while physical activity rates are rising, more than 60 per cent of people say they spend more than two hours a day in sedentary behaviour such as watching the television or surfing the Internet.

More than half of the region's population is considered overweight or obese, and more than one in five people report heavy alcohol use or binge drinking.

The figures are from 2011-12.

Dr. Julie Kryzanowski, deputy medical health officer for the region, says there appears to be inequity in health between those living in the most and least disadvantaged areas in Saskatoon.

Only 47 per cent in the poorer areas said their health was good or excellent, compared to 72 per cent in the higher end areas.