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Life expectancy and obesity rise

23rd October 2007

Life expectancy in England is continuing to rise, according to latest statistics.

The Health Profile for England showed that average life expectancy was 76.9 years for men and 81.2 for women in 2004, up from 74.5 and 79.6 in 1996. Along with the rising trend, rates of early death from circulatory diseases and cancer were falling.

However, the Department of Health reported that obesity, diabetes and alcohol-related hospital admissions are rising with public health minister Dawn Primarolo warning that these major health inequalities must be tackled.

 

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