Unhealthy cost of living in Hackney

Data showing the health inequality plaguing the borough

Data showing the health inequality plaguing the borough - Credit: Archant

Residents in Hackney are likely to live a healthy life for six years less than the average Londoner, shocking council figures have shown.

While the average male in London will live without disease for 63 years, in Hackney they will only make it to 58.

Meanwhile while life outside the borough is healthy for women until 64, they are likely to only make it to 60 before an injury or illness affects their quality of life.

Hackney Council has admitted there is “great inequality” in Hackney compared to the rest of the capital. The council report links this health inequality to financial and social inequality, with charity End Child Poverty ranking Hackney as the most deprived borough in London.

Many residents are unable to pay for “needs relating to nutrition, physical activity, housing, psychological interactions, transport, medical care and hygiene”- the standards described by the 2010 Marmot Review as constituting healthy living.

Smoking has been dubbed the “single greatest cause of preventable illness” in the borough, with the third highest smoking rates in London, after Waltham Forest and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Death rates from lung and bladder cancer among men are higher in Hackney than in any other part of London, and residents are much more likely to die of a cardiovascular disease before they hit 75 years old.

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Obesity has also been cornered by Hackney Council as one of the causes of the shocking health stats, with child obesity affecting 26 per cent of Hackney’s kids and 48.7 per cent of adults.

The council has drawn links between obesity and deprivation, with obese residents likely to live in the borough’s poorest areas.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said: “This data reinforces what we already know – that smoking, alcohol and poor diet are among the biggest factors contributing to early death rates in our borough.

“Life expectancy has been steadily improving in Hackney for the past decade but we know there is still a lot more that we can do to improve the health chances of our residents. Much of this will be about giving people the information and opportunities they need to lead healthier lifestyles.”