Health in Europe 2016

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have published the fourth edition of their report entitled "Health at a Glance: Europe 2016". The report examines the key health indicators and health systems in European Union (EU) countries.

The report includes information from Ireland and the United Kingdom. Key findings from the report include:

  • In 2013, the premature death rate due to non-communicable diseases* in individuals aged 25-64 years was 143 per 100,000 population in Ireland and 166 per 100,000 in the United Kingdom (UK).
  • People with obesity were less likely to be employed than people with a normal weight.
  • Individuals with obesity were more frequently absent from work and earned less compared with non-obese individuals.
  • Life expectancy at birth continues to increase in EU countries.
  • Cardiovascular disease and cancer accounted for almost two-thirds of deaths.
  • 23% of boys and 21% of girls were overweight or obese on average in EU countries.
  • Overweight and obesity is more prevalent in low-educated people in all European countries.
  • 34% of girls and 26% of boys reported eating fruit daily in EU countries.
  • 35% of girls and 27% of boys reported eating vegetables daily on average in EU countries.
  • In adults, over 50% reported eating fruit and vegetables daily.
  • Individuals with a higher level of education reported higher fruit and vegetable intake compared to those with a lower level of education.

For more information take a look at our tips for maintaining a healthy weight and diet.

*Non-communicable diseases include cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes.

Posted: 07/12/2017 14:49:37 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Diet, Europe, Fruit, Obesity, Overweight, Vegetables, Weight


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