Health of children in the European Union


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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More than 95 per cent of children in the European Union (EU) were considered to have good or very good general health in 2017, according to data from Eurostat. 

The data, taken from the 2017 EU-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), show less than 5 per cent of children in the EU were considered to have limitations in activities due to health problems (3.7% with moderate limitations and 1.2% with severe limitation).

The proportion in each category of limitations in activity increased with age. In under fives, 2.2 per cent of children had a moderate limitation and 0.6 per cent had a severe limitation compared with 4.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent in the 5-9 age group and 4.4 per cent and 1.6 per cent in the 10-15 age group, respectively. 

In almost all Member States, less than 1 per cent of children under five had severe limitations in activity due to health problems. For children aged 5-9, the proportion with severe limitations in activity was highest in the United Kingdom (3.7%) and lowest in Italy and Bulgaria (both 0.3%), and for those aged 10-15, it was lowest in Lithuania (0.1%) and highest in the United Kingdom (4.7%).