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"Alarming" rates of smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity in Europe could mean the next generation live shorter lives, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.In a report on the region's health, the WHO said there remain "unacceptably high" differences in life expectancy between countries, with an 11-year gap between the highest and lowest.Obesity is increasing, with 59 percent of Europe's population either overweight or obese, ranking only slightly behind the Americas, which have the highest rates in the world.The European Health Report 2015 looked at progress that was made toward the WHO's "Health 2020" targets. Obesity has tripled in many European countries since the 1980s, with 23 percent of Europeans now obese, according to the WHO report.Stein added that there were also "unacceptable" health inequalities to tackle.
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