Life expectancy in York is rising; the average for women in the city is 83 years and for men it is 79 years, with approximately 80% of this time spent in good health.
However, life expectancy and time spent in good health differs between the most affluent and the most deprived areas of York:
- for women the difference in life expectancy is just over 5 years
- for men the difference in life expectancy is just over 7 years
Health and wellbeing in local areas
A difference in health and wellbeing is also visible at ward level.
Some of York's wards face a variety of health and wellbeing issues because of the behaviours and lifestyle choices of the residents living in that area, such as the effects of:
- not getting enough exercise
- binge drinking
- eating a high fat, salt and sugar diet
Health and wellbeing can be affected by things that are not so obvious or well publicised, such as:
- loneliness and isolation and its effect on mental wellbeing
- the importance of remaining physically active to retain strength to prevent trips and falls