Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Healthy lifestyles among children

Consuming a healthy diet and performing regular physical activity when young can be habit forming, promoting a healthy lifestyle in adult life. Daily consumption of fruit and vegetables can help reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases, strokes, and certain types of cancer (Hartley et al., 2013; World Cancer Research Fund, 2007). The most common guideline recommends consuming at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is beneficial to adolescents’ physical, mental and psycho-social health, as it helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles, reduces feelings of depression and anxiety, and improves academic achievement (Janssen and LeBlanc, 2010; Singh et al., 2012). The WHO recommends 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous daily physical activity for those aged 5-17 years.

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