Dying early (under age 75) is 20% more likely in northern compared with southern England according to research led by The University of Manchester
The study uncovers a North-South divide in deaths among middle aged adults, which has been rising since the mid-90s and is now at alarming levels:
- 49% more deaths among 35-44 year olds in the North in 2015
- 29% more deaths among 25-34 year olds in the North in 2015
The team shows that a sharp increase in premature deaths among middle aged adults in the North first emerged in the mid-90s, increasingly quickly but consistently until the end of the study period in 2015.