SLOVAKS still do not eat enough healthy food, but on the contrary are drinking increasingly more alcohol, while the number of smokers, especially among young people, is rising.
As a result of these poor health habits, more than three-quarters of Slovaks die from various cardio-vascular diseases and cancer, the Pravda daily wrote.
"Within Central Europe, Slovakia has the highest rate of death due to these diseases. Only Romanians and Bulgarians are ahead of Slovakia if the whole of Europe is taken into account. The situation in the former Soviet Union is also worse than in Slovakia," said Jana Jurkovičová, a doctor who spent six years studying public health with a sample of 17,000 people.
Slovaks do not eat enough fruit, vegetables, or dairy products, the doctor said.
The research revealed that people in east and south Slovakia have the worst eating habits, while the best results were in Košice and Bratislava.
27. Feb 2006 at 0:00