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Health inequality gap is widening

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The proportion of people engaging in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours has fallen significantly, but almost all the improvement has been among higher socio-economic groups, a King's Fund report has found.

The study analysed changes in the prevalence of smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, and lack of exercise between 2003 and 2008.

Although the proportion of people engaging in three or four of these behaviours fell by 8 per cent, the proportion of manual workers and people with no qualifications engaging in all four remained unchanged, leading to widening inequalities.

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