Smoking prevalence falls, but obesity a growing problem
The health of Londoners has improved across all social groups, according to research published this week, leading to an increase in life expectancy by more than two years.
A new report published today by the London Health Observatory (LHO) shows, however, that obesity is worsening across the capital and especially among children.
The report, which summarises trends in key health issues in the capital, focusing on the preventable areas of ill health and the health divide, also illustrates areas of concern such as an increase in children living in poverty.
The report suggests that smoking prevalence has fallen, but there are still wide inequalities across London.
More adults are now meeting recommended levels of physical activity, but overall levels are still low. The research also points to an increase in the number of Londoners on incapacity benefits as a result of mental health problems. The research also shows a fall in death rates from cardiovascular disease, although, again, inequalities between London boroughs persist.
Dr Bobbie Jacobson, director of the LHO, said that the “good news” is that life expectancy in the capital has increased by more than two years and improvements have been seen in every local authority.
But Dr Jacobson added: “By contrast, some problems remain stubborn or are worsening. London still has a higher proportion of children living in poverty than any other region and the highest prevalence of childhood obesity in England with obesity in adulthood worsening.”
The full report Capital Health Gains? can be viewed on here.