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Life expectancy varies across Sussex
8:00am Monday 29th July 2013 in News
Babies born in some parts of Sussex are expected to live more than five years longer than those in other areas of the county.
Latest figures show life expectancy at birth for men varies between 81.8 years in Horsham and 76.7 years in Hastings.
Male babies in Brighton and Hove are expected to live an average of 78.5 years, while in Worthing it is 78.3 years, Lewes 80.7 years, Adur 80 years and Mid Sussex 81.6 years.
The gap in life expectancy for women is almost four years, with babies born in Lewes expected to live up to 84.9 years while those born in Hastings have a life expectancy of 81.
Health bosses say a lot of work is being done to tackle the differences between deprived and more affluent areas of the county.
Research has shown that people in more deprived areas tend to have higher levels of obesity and poor diet, smoke more and take less exercise.
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, do not take into account differences between ward areas.
Some people in parts of Brighton and Hove for example live up to 10 years longer than those living elsewhere in the city.
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