Why can't all local authorities do this?
The landmark report The State of Men’s Health in Leeds shows the massive divergence in male life-expectancy depending on what part of the city you look at. Of the 750,000 people in the city, 164,000 live in areas ranked amongst the top 10 per cent most deprived areas in the country. There is a 10 year difference in life expectancy between Hunslet in the south of city and Harewood, less than ten miles to the north. And across nearly all causes of death, men in Leeds are more likely than women to die at a younger age. What's the picture like where you live? Many will not know.
Funded by Leeds City Council, this study makes Leeds the first city in the UK to explore the specific health and social issues of its male population. Every city should have one.
True, Leeds does have the leading academic research department for men's health on its doorstop at Leeds Beckett University but it's a shining example of what can be done. (And Men's Health Forum patron Professor Alan White who is the co-director of Leeds Beckett's Centre for Men’s Health and joint author of this report is only an email away.)
Come on, other local authorities!
- White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Main Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. (ISBN: 978-1-907240-63-8)