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Report: Slovaks lead unhealthy lives

SLOVAK life expectancy is an average six to eight years lower than for other Europeans, according to a new UN report. The gap has widened from just 18 months lower in 1970. Slovaks also suffer more health problems during their lives.

"The health of Slovaks will not improve until they drink less alcohol, smoke less, and eat less fatty meat," said Benn Slay of the UN Development Programme that prepared the report.

The report also blamed education, the weak economy, and unemployment for the situation.

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