So we are living longer.
That’s for sure our life expectancy is increasing every year.
You see in the last few years alone, we have increased one year, at population that’s a lot.
Mortality is falling, especially mortality from we-called the "classic killers" in Europe.
The noncommunicable diseases, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and respiratory diseases.
And we found that on the whole European health tends to be better, but there is a but …
That but is actually quite big.
The but is that we really need to look out for the risk factors.
We are the region that drinks the most, which is the very sad record.
Alcohol consumption is very high.
It is declining, that had to be said.
We also see that smoking rates are declining.
But what is increasing is overweight and obesity.
And that is a pattern throught the European region.
We will certainly see increases in diabetes for example and many other diseases, including musculoskeletal disorders.
Overweighting or obesity has a myriad of consequences and this is something where we really need to tackle the issues.
Because it may just be that the generation that is born tomorrow may lead shorter lives than we do.