LM-LondonNorthEastThere are considerable health inequalities across London’s population presenting a significant challenge for the capital.

London’s highly diverse population and large variations in wealth and opportunities contribute to the differences in the city’s health outcomes. Usually, it is those boroughs with high levels of deprivation that have poorer health outcomes.

  • 38% of Year 6 children (10-11 year olds) in London are either overweight or obese
  • There are more cases of tuberculosis in London than anywhere else in the country
  • The difference in life expectancy between boroughs can be as high as 9 years
  • In 2012 there were 10,500 London hospital admissions related to illicit drug misuse
  • 150,000 nursery and primary school children across London received free school meals in 2012
  • The rates of early deaths from cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses and communicable diseases in the capital are higher than the national average

More information

Read the supporting articles and case studies on the left hand side to find out more about health inequalities in London.