Middle-Aged Greeks Rank Second in Positive Self-Perceived Health in EU
Greek nationals aged 45-64 living in Greece ranked second in the whole of the European Union in terms of positive self-perception of their health in 2020, Eurostat’s latest survey reveals.
The survey examined the state of self-perceived health of three different groups of citizens residing in each EU country; nationals, EU citizens except nationals, and non-EU citizens.
While in the 16-44 years age group there were no significant differences recorded in the averages among the groups regarding a bad or very bad state of self-perceived health, significant differences emerged in the the 45-64 years demographic in most EU countries, with few exceptions.
Greek nationals ranked second in EU, after Malta, in terms of positive self-perception of their health.
Eurostat data from 2020 suggested that only 4.6 percent of Greek nationals 46-64 living in Greece self-perceived their health as in a bad or very bad state, opposite 3.7 percent of nationals in Malta and 4.7 percent of nationals in Italy.
On the contrary, the highest shares of nationals aged 45-64 years who self-perceived their health as bad or very bad in 2020 were recorded in Croatia (14.8 percent), Slovakia (13.2 percent) and Germany (12.6 percent).
The same survey also showed that Greece was the EU country with the smallest discrepancies in self-perceived health among the three groups of 46-64s residing in the country.
These discrepancies appeared to be significantly higher in most EU member states, showing a vast gap in the self-perceived state of health among different groups of citizens belonging to the same 46-64 demographic in those countries.
An earlier study by Eurostat, published in June, suggested that Greeks rank in the top three EU member states in terms of “healthy life years” as well, which is a paradox for a population that bears one of the highest smoking and obesity rates on the continent.
Source : Paula Tsoni Σύνδεσμος