Mental health issues found to be as fatal as smoking

Mental health problems including anorexia and recurrent depression are as deadly as smoking, research suggests. Oxford University researchers said that people with mental health problems in Britain have the same life expectancy as the general population in North Korea and Bangladesh.

The study highlights the need for mental health patients to have their physical health monitored closely. The researchers calculated that smoking 20 cigarettes a day was associated with a reduction in life expectancy of eight to 10 years.

Rebecca Smith Reports

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