Richest live longer in good health

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Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Children in the poorest areas of England can expect to live nearly 20 fewer years in good health than those in the richest parts of the country, official figures have shown.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said boys in the most deprived areas could expect to live 52.2 years in good health, compared with 70.5 years in the least deprived areas.

Meanwhile, girls in the poorest communities could expect to live 52.4 years in good health, compared with 71.3 years in the richest parts of the country.

A more accurate measure, which looked at every area of England and not just the most and least deprived, found girls in richer communities could expect to live 19.5 years longer in good health than those in poorer parts, while for boys the difference was 19.1 years.

The ONS, which looked at inequality in healthy life expectancy at birth from 2011 to 2013, said boys could expect to live nine fewer years in the most deprived parts of England than in the least deprived areas.

Life expectancy for girls in the poorest areas was 6.9 years shorter than in the least deprived areas, the ONS said.

Boys in the most deprived parts of England could expect to spend 70.5% of their lives in good health, compared with 84.9% in the richest areas.

Girls could expect to spend 66.2% of their lives in good health in the most deprived areas, compared with 82.9% in the least deprived parts.

Published: Thursday 5th March 2015 by The News Editor

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