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[Perspectives] Changing minds about changing behaviour

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Most of us value our health highly yet act in ways that undermine it. If we ate and drank less, didn't smoke, and were physically more active, 40% of cancers and 75% of diabetes and cardiovascular disease would be avoided. Because these behaviours tend to cluster by deprivation, achieving these changes for everyone could also halve the gaps in life expectancy and years lived in good health between the rich and the poor. In the UK, around 16% of the population smokes, the lowest figure for many decades, although among those who are poorest this rate is doubled.

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