Social Gap in Public Health

While Swedes are living longer, social differences, especially education, are often reflected in public health.

In its annual report on the issue, the National Board of Health and Welfare says that deaths from heart diseases are declining, reflecting healthier lifestyles and better treatment.

But, the report says, there are warning signals.

Suicides among young women have increased dramatically, and the board says too many young people are being treated for depression or anxiety.

Reflecting social gaps, diabetes and heart disease are more common among those with less education, and as are lower survival rates for breast cancer. The increase in obesity has levelled out, but nearly half of all adults here are overweight.

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