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Barking and Dagenham ten years behind Richmond for healthy life expectancy

PUBLISHED: 18:30 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:39 28 September 2015

People in Richmond Upon Thames, left, can expect to live healthily for more than ten years longer than those in Barking, right				Photos by Steve Parson/PA & Paul Bennett

People in Richmond Upon Thames, left, can expect to live healthily for more than ten years longer than those in Barking, right Photos by Steve Parson/PA & Paul Bennett

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A short sail along the Thames could add more than ten years to your healthy life expectancy, Office for National Statistics data show.

According to a report, men in the borough can expect to live healthily for 11 years fewer than those in Richmond upon Thames.

Barking and Dagenham, which between 2009-13 was ranked 132nd out of 152 local authorities for men and was sixth lowest in the country for women, has an average healthy life expectancy (without a limiting long-standing illness or disability) of just 59 years for both men and women.

In the nearby City of London, men can expect their health to hold out until 71 and women until 73.

The Isles of Scilly topped the list with just over 71 years for men and 73 years for women while the bottom three was occupied by East London boroughs Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney, where the average was in the mid-to-late 50s.

For overall life expectancy in the borough, men can anticipate being around for 77 years and women 82 years, which is again near the bottom of the rankings.

It also means women can expect just 72 per cent of their life to be healthy, which puts the borough 147th out of 152 local authorities in the country.


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