Despite the WHO’s positive report on Europe’s health, the media shunned good news for worrisome headlines
A funny thing happened this week. The World Health Organization produced a report telling Europeans that we have never been this healthy. We are ahead of targets to reduce major life-threatening illnesses; life expectancy is up; infant mortality is down. Of course, the report was nuanced – they always are. Inequality and obesity remain concerns.
What headlines did this generate? “UK is third fattest nation in Europe”, warned the Telegraph. “Obesity Britain: Two-thirds of us are overweight”, intoned the Mail. Not a single paper – not even the Guardian – wrote “Europe – you’ve never had it so good”.
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