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People in England ‘living for longer with poor health’

18th July 2017

People in England are spending more of their latter years suffering from poor health, according to a new report.

The new Health Profile for England report marks the first time that Public Health England has used its population health data to offer a nationwide barometer of health, with the aim of informing future policy decisions.

It was shown that life expectancy in England has now reached 79.5 years for males and 83.1 years for females. However, this growth is outpacing the number of years people spend in good health, meaning the number of years lived in poor health has also increased.

The biggest risk factors for ill health are excess weight and high blood sugar, while lower back and neck pain were shown to be the biggest causes of ill health.

Responding to the report, the organisation called for future policy decisions to focus on preventing poor health instead of dealing with its consequences, especially for those from deprived backgrounds.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: "Good public health is not defined by health policy alone. Our health profiles show a high-quality education, a well-designed and warm home, a good job and a community to belong to are just as important."

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