Are we getting healthier?

In the UK, people tend to be living longer than ever before, but not always in better health. The proportion of smokers has never been lower and young people are more likely to be teetotal than to drink, yet we hear of damaging consumption and an epidemic of lifestyle illnesses. Meanwhile NHS budgets are under severe strain as the number of over-80s is set to double to 6m over the next twenty years.

How we cope with the health challenges and opportunities over the coming years has implications for consumers, policy makers, public services and businesses from all sectors. This presentation covers both the current health context and what it means for the future.