Europe’s health: People live longer, while smoking and obesity rise

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While the number of years an average European live has increased between 2010 and 2015, smoking and rising obesity could reverse the gains the region made in public health, the World Health Organisation has said.

According to the European Health Report 2018 by the organisation, with 29% of people aged 15 and above smoking, Europe has the highest rate of smokers in the world.

The ratio of overweight in population grew from 55.9% in 2010 to 58.7% in 2016, and obesity from 20.8% to 23.3% between the same period. While overweight was higher among men in most countries, obesity among women.

On the positive side, premature deaths have fallen since the beginning of the millennium. Untimely deaths due to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and chronic respiratory diseases are falling at a higher rate than aimed for under the Health 2020 targets.

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