A report by the Nuffield Trust and the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) shows that young people aged between 10 and 24 in the UK now experience worse health and wellbeing outcomes than those in many other similar countries.  The report looks at the results of 17 key indicators of health and wellbeing, in young people aged 10-24, in 19 similar countries, both in Europe and elsewhere, and the results are not good, for the UK.

The UK is performing least well in the following areas. It has:

  • the highest rates of obesity for 15- to 19-year-olds among 14 European comparator countries
  • the highest inequalities in obesity prevalence between the richest and poorest, apart from Finland, in countries where data are available
  • the highest rate of young people aged 16–24 living with a longstanding condition among 14 European comparator countries apart from Finland and Sweden
  • low rates of engagement in exercise by 11-year-olds in England and Wales
  • the highest asthma death rate for those aged 10–24 among all 19 countries apart from Australia, New Zealand and the United States (US)
  • the highest rate of adolescent girls aged 15–19 giving birth among all 19 countries apart from New Zealand and the US
  • a high percentage of young people aged 15-19 not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • high rates of severe material deprivation among 15- to 24-year-olds
  • a high burden-of-disease rate for all causes, and in particular for type 1 diabetes.


You can read the full report on the Nuffield Trust website.