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North-south divide in health persists in England

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7572.774 (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:774
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    People in the south of England continue to enjoy a healthier and longer life than those in the north, new government data show.


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    Although life expectancy has increased throughout England, figures from the Health Profile of England report show that women living in the north live on average one year less than women in the south. The life expectancy of men in northern England is two years less than that of men in the south of the country.

    Rates of smoking and obesity are highest in the northern parts of England. Boston, in Lincolnshire, has the highest prevalence of obesity of any …

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