Britain faces drink, drugs and obesity health crisis

Figures show large jump in obesity as well as drink and drug-related deaths, although life expectancy continues to rise


Britain appears to be in the midst of a health crisis with soaring levels ofobesity and sharp increases in deaths from drink and drugs, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics.

In the latest edition of the ONS’s Social Trends report, researchers show that while life expectancy at birth in Britain is expected to continue rising and reach 81.5 years for men in 2021, much of the population faces major health issues.

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