People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday (31 January) in the British journal The Lancet.
Although Europeans have become healthier and their life expectancy has improved in recent decades, major differences persist in the provision of care services and the presence of risk factors for health across the continent.
Pressed by lack of financial means, low-income social groups often choose to buy foods high in calories and face difficulties in accessing facilities for physical activity, said participants at a European parliamentary symposium on obesity.
The Commission has published a green paper on the issue of mental health in Europe. Based on a consultation, to be launched shortly, it will draw up a proposal for an EU-wide strategy on mental health.
In their contributions to the consultation on future EU health strategy, stakeholders have called for better co-ordination between public health and other policy areas, the need for more comparable data on the impact of investments in health and further debate on healthcare.