Men’s Health: The Last Frontier?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

British men have died at a younger age than British women since at least the time of Queen Victoria’s accession and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This is not some strange peculiarity of these islands: the pattern is repeated throughout every region of the world. There is not a single country where men outlive women. In both the UK and globally, there is currently a four-year difference in life expectancy between the sexes. Read the rest of this entry »


The best a man can get?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The recent furore about Gillette’s new advert and the American Psychological Association’s (APA) guidelines on working with men reveals, yet again, the depth of anxiety felt by some about any perceived challenge to masculinity. Read the rest of this entry »


Men’s Health – an overlooked global health inequality

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Men’s health – one of the biggest health inequalities but one of the least talked about. Globally, in 2016, average male life expectancy at birth was 70 years, according to WHO data.  Lesotho had the lowest life expectancy for males at 51 years and Switzerland had the highest at 81 years, a difference of 30 years or almost 60%. By comparison, average global life expectancy for females was 74 years. The difference in life expectancy between men and women globally has widened by about 30% since 1970. Read the rest of this entry »


Men’s health: the case for global action

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Men’s health has for too long been a problem hiding in plain sight at both the global and national levels. Men’s poor outcomes, not least in terms of premature mortality, are obvious but have not been addressed effectively by either policymakers or practitioners. There are now, at last, some signs of change – but are they enough to make a difference?

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Public Health England: It’s time to tackle men’s health

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Life expectancy at birth in England remains significantly higher for females than males. In 2013-15, female life expectancy was 3.6 years higher than male life expectancy, according to new data on health inequalities published this month by Public Health England (PHE). Deprivation has a particular impact on male life expectancy: in 2013-15, men living in the most deprived areas lived 9.2 years fewer than men in the least deprived areas; the equivalent figure for women was 7.1 years.

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Men’s Health Week 2017: Tackling a global issue

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Men’s Health Week 2017 kicks off very soon (on 12 June) and is a fantastic opportunity for men’s health organisations around the world both to engage men and to make the case for systematic action to tackle the many problems they still face. Read the rest of this entry »


Men back self-care

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The idea that, when it comes to health, men are reckless or clueless fools is a simplistic caricature that has been blown away, hopefully once and for all, by a new very large multinational survey commissioned by Sanofi Consumer Health Care.  Read the rest of this entry »


Men’s Health Week 2016: Putting Men and Boys on the Map

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The second Men’s Health Week in the U.K. was launched in London in 2003 in a venue that will seem strange to many U.S. readers—a betting shop. This was chosen not because the organisers, the Men’s Health Forum (the charity I was CEO of at the time), wanted to encourage men to gamble away their hard-earned money. Rather, we wanted to launch the Week in a place where many men feel comfortable and where we could reach them with health messages they might not otherwise see. Read the rest of this entry »


Leave No Man Behind

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Many health outcomes indicators are worse for men than women but men’s health is often overlooked by global and national health organizations. In this blog, I argue that there is a strong ethical, economic and social case for new approaches that address the needs of men and justify their inclusion in the dialogue about the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Read the rest of this entry »


Men’s Health: A Global Problem Hiding in Plain Sight

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Men’s health is surely one of the most significant public health problems to have been largely overlooked by policymakers and practitioners. This is despite the clear evidence of poor outcomes for men. Read the rest of this entry »