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[Europe] leads the world in both alcohol and tobacco consumption, it also enjoys the longest life expectancy, 77.9 years, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.
There’s plenty of good news about the continent’s wellbeing in the agency’s European Health Report 2018. Europe is on track to reduce early deaths from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases by 1.5 percent a year by 2020. Gaps in important health measures — infant mortality, primary school enrollment and unemployment — continue to shrink between the region’s healthiest and unhealthiest locations, according to the report.
The article goes on to say:
That’s helped Europe edge ahead of the other five global regions in terms of longevity. The Western Pacific comes in second at 76.9 years, followed by the Americas at 76.8, Southeast Asia at 69.5, the Eastern Mediterranean at 69.1 and Africa at 61.2 years, according to the agency. Average global life expectancy is 72 years.
Despite Europe’s longevity ranking, residents should still heed warnings on smoking, drinking and other behaviors, said Zsuzsanna Jakab, regional director for the agency.
“Lifestyle-related risk factors give cause for concern, as they may slow, or even reverse the great gains in life expectancy if left unchecked,” she said in a statement.
— HealthThoroughFare (@HealthThorough) September 12, 2018
Europeans live longer and healthier lives but progress is uneven,
— WHO at the EU (@WHOatEU) September 12, 2018
Terrible headline writing by @business — instead of a headline that falsely implies it’s ok to drink & smoke why not … “Europeans live the longest, and could live even longer if they just drank and smoked less.” https://t.co/OJiXfgMNS8
— Mike Nolet (@mikeonhealth) September 12, 2018
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