Europeans seem to be able to live longer in the world. The latest report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on European health shows that European life expectancy continues to increase every year.
However, the risks faced such as obesity and lack of vaccines can inhibit life expectancy.
Based on the report, Europeans added more than one year of their life span in five years. In 2010, recorded European life expectancy reached 76.7 years and increased to 77.8 years in 2015.
“People live longer, life expectancy increases and premature death decreases. And that is certainly great health information,” said a representative from the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Claudia Stein, as reported by CNN.
Although European life expectancy increased, Stein explained that this did not occur evenly in all countries in Europe. The data shows a large gap between several countries. For example, the average person in Luxembourg who has a life of up to 83 years, while in Moldova it is not up to 72 years. That difference reached 11.4 years.
Meanwhile, women in Europe also have a life expectancy of 6.6 years longer than men. Women can live up to 81.2 years while men can only 74.6 years.
On the other hand, this high life expectancy still has health risks such as the high prevalence of obesity and smoking throughout Europe.
“It is important not to forget that, maybe because that one day we are no longer the longest living region in the world,” Stein said.
Noted, a third of Europeans over the age of 15 are smokers. Meanwhile, alcohol consumption tends to decline even though it is still the highest in the world.
“We still have a bad record, the level of alcohol consumption is very high. Basically we are winners in drinking,” Stein said.
Meanwhile, more than half of Europeans are obese. Countries with the highest prevalence of overweight among adolescents are Greece and Greenland with 40 percent of 11-year-old boys obese.