People in richer areas are living 10 years longer

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A ‘scandalous’ health and wealth divide in Sheffield means people in poorer areas are living around a decade less than people in wealthier parts of the city, a leading health expert has said.

People in poorer areas are leading shorter lives plagued by health issues such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity – and the divide has been worsened by the recession, says Jeremy Wight, the city’s director of public health.

Whirlow Lane, Whirlow
Whirlow Lane, Whirlow

He said: “Poverty is the single biggest cause of health inequality in the city.

 

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