Byline: Warren Manger
MEN living in inner-city Coventry are unlikely to live until retirement age, it has emerged. On average they will die younger than men born in poor countries such as North Korea and at about the same age as men in Mongolia, India and Pakistan.
Men in Foleshill have a life expectancy of just 64 years, marginally lower than Hillfields where the average man lives until 65.
However, their wives can expect to live into their 70s.
The problem is repeated across Coventry - in every single electoral ward women outlive men, often by up to seven years.
Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council, branded the situation "unacceptable" and vowed Coventry would lead the way in closing the gender gap.
He said: "Coventry, like all inner city areas, has got a problem when it comes to men's health, most notably in more deprived areas." "This problem cannot just be wished away - it is deep, it is real, and it is anchoring down the aspirations of men depending on where they live and work.
"We cannot deny it, we have to deal with it."
Mr Reeves issued his rallying cry at this year's national Men's Health conference, which was held at Warwick University.
Delegates were told that two out of every five men died prematurely (before the age 70 per cent more likely to die from cancers that affect both sexes. Three times more likely to be addicted to drink and drugs. Three times more likely to commit suicide. More likely to be obese. David Wilkins, policy officer at the Men's Health Forum, said: "We know that men are generally less well informed about their health than women. They may also take more risks with their health, both in terms of physical risks and lifestyle risks. …