Europeans Live longer despite obesity

People are living longer in Europe despite the obesity epidemic. In fact, British people live longer than Americans, reveals a study. The report was published in International Journal of Epidemiology. It reveals that life expectancy is growing in wealthy European nations despite the concerns caused by widespread obesity levels.

The U.S. spends the most per head in terms of health care. Yet, the life expectancy of U.S. adults matches only the lowest figures in Western Europe. In 2007, the life expectancy of U.S. adults was 78 years, while British people could expect to live until they were 80. The research thus reveals that health care costs per head and GDP have little effect on population health.

One of the main reasons for the rise in European life expectancy is the reduction in deaths due to heart disease. This is especially true in Britain which has seen a rapid fall in heart disease deaths due to reduced smoking levels and better treatment.

However, there continues to be a huge gap in life expectancy figures between East and West Europe. Russia especially is a cause for concern as life expectancy has been yo-yoing dramatically due to the prevalence of hazardous drinking among men. Russian men had a life expectancy age of just 61.8 years.

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