A new report, published today by the London Health Observatory (LHO) assesses how London’s health has changed over the last decade.
The report – Capital Health Gains? – summarises trends in key health issues in the capital, focussing on the preventable areas of ill health and the health divide. It demonstrates LHO’s expertise in turning data into meaningful public health information for the capital.
“Overall, the health of Londoners has improved across all social groups,” said Dr Bobbie Jacobson, Director of the LHO. “In particular, infant mortality – a key indicator of the health of a community – has decreased in most parts of London, and the gap in rates between inner and outer London has decreased substantially.
“The good news is that life expectancy in the capital has increased by more than two years and improvements have been seen in every local authority. The fall in teenage pregnancies and better rates of breast feeding than anywhere else in England are welcome findings.
“By contrast, some problems remain stubborn or are worsening. London still has a higher proportion of children living in poverty than any other region and the highest prevalence of childhood obesity in England with obesity in adulthood worsening.”
The report also highlights areas where some progress has been made, but more improvements are needed, including:
Pam Chesters, Mayoral Advisor on Health and Families commented: “I welcome the London Health Observatory’s publication of the Capital Health Gains report showing the progress that has been made over the last ten years in improving health in the capital, especially in terms of narrowing health inequalities and bringing down the number of teenage pregnancies. But there is more to be done and the report also identifies areas, such as childhood obesity, where we need to renew efforts and I am delighted that the London Health Improvement Board will be working in partnership moving forward to improve health in the capital.”
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