The definition of health, rather than being absolute is always relative and it differs from person to person. The truth is that smoking accounts by itself for over half the excess mortality in deprived populations, is a uniquely preventable risk factor, and one where prevention is uniquely cost-effective, The second is a specific smoking related disease, now the commonest cause of premature death (not just cancer death) in urban populations, which remains largely under the radar, despite being uniquely preventable, increasingly predictable, and eminently curable if caught early. Last week saw the publication of a landmark report on the health of children in the UK, which starkly portrays an unequal and disadvantaged society that lags behind many western European countries. For both males and females in the most deprived areas, there is almost a 20-year difference in healthy life expectancy compared with those living in the least deprived areas. As shown in the diagram above, the fundamental causes of health inequalities are an unequal distribution of income, power and wealth. One example is smoking, a key driver of poor health and premature mortality. The simplest measure of health inequalities is to compare the health of those in the lowest socio-economic group with those in the highest group. Rates of detention under the Mental Health Act among the ‘Black or Black British’ group were more than four times higher than the ‘White’ group, which has been linked in part to higher rates of serious mental illness. For females, this gap is 7.4 years. For example, efforts to tackle inequalities of health status associated with behavioural risks (such as poor diets) should address the wider network of factors that influence these behaviours (such as access to affordable healthy food, marketing and advertising regulations) and the impact that these behaviours have on health outcomes (such as access to clinical services). UK life expectancy has been stalling at the same time as a decade of austerity. The 10 Years On Review, #Marmot 2020, will confirm a widening of health inequalities, a widening of health inequalities and set out the current cost to society of avoidable health inequalities (health inequities). [CDATA[// >
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I echo Ian Bell’s comment. Risky health behaviours also tend to cluster together in certain population groups, with individuals in disadvantaged groups more likely to engage in more than one risky behaviour. The definition of health, rather than being absolute is always relative and it differs from person to person. The truth is that smoking accounts by itself for over half the excess mortality in deprived populations, is a uniquely preventable risk factor, and one where prevention is uniquely cost-effective, The second is a specific smoking related disease, now the commonest cause of premature death (not just cancer death) in urban populations, which remains largely under the radar, despite being uniquely preventable, increasingly predictable, and eminently curable if caught early. Last week saw the publication of a landmark report on the health of children in the UK, which starkly portrays an unequal and disadvantaged society that lags behind many western European countries. For both males and females in the most deprived areas, there is almost a 20-year difference in healthy life expectancy compared with those living in the least deprived areas. As shown in the diagram above, the fundamental causes of health inequalities are an unequal distribution of income, power and wealth. One example is smoking, a key driver of poor health and premature mortality. The simplest measure of health inequalities is to compare the health of those in the lowest socio-economic group with those in the highest group. Rates of detention under the Mental Health Act among the ‘Black or Black British’ group were more than four times higher than the ‘White’ group, which has been linked in part to higher rates of serious mental illness. For females, this gap is 7.4 years. For example, efforts to tackle inequalities of health status associated with behavioural risks (such as poor diets) should address the wider network of factors that influence these behaviours (such as access to affordable healthy food, marketing and advertising regulations) and the impact that these behaviours have on health outcomes (such as access to clinical services). UK life expectancy has been stalling at the same time as a decade of austerity. The 10 Years On Review, #Marmot 2020, will confirm a widening of health inequalities, a widening of health inequalities and set out the current cost to society of avoidable health inequalities (health inequities). [CDATA[// >

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