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Extent of national health inequalities revealed

Published on 12/02/2010
Most poorer people living in the UK are dying younger and spending longer in ill-health than their wealthier neighbours, according to a new report.

A study conducted by Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London found that people living in the poorest areas of country will on average die seven years earlier than those in the richest regions.

What's more, the less well-off also spend more of their shorter lives living with disability.

He commented: "The health and wellbeing of today's children and of those children when they become adults depend on us having the courage and imagination to do things differently.

"To put sustainability and well-being before a narrow focus on economic growth and bring about a more equal and fair society."

The Review predicts that by 2025, the cost of treating the various illnesses that result from inequalities in obesity levels alone will increase from £2 billion per year to almost £5 billion.
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