STAFF REPORTER

MADRID
PEOPLE living in the Balearics are amongst those claiming to be the most healthy in the country.
A report released yesterday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), analysing the perceived health of the nation by region, said that Island citizens are on a par with their counterparts in Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish cities in North Africa), and with La Rioja on the mainland in their convictions on personal wellbeing. Their optimistic view contrasts with that of people living in Galicia, Murcia and Andalucia where residents are the most likely in Spain to say they are in a “poor state.” According to the Institute's research, Balearic citizens describe themselves as being “in very good health”, as do 22.3 percent of those in Ceuta and Melilla, 22.1 percent of the inhabitants of La Rioja and 22 percent of Andalucians.

Looking at interview material from a different angle, 4.1 percent of people from Galicia believed that their health is “very bad,” a higher figure than those in Ceuta and Melilla who declared themselves to be “really poorly” (3.6%), along with residents in Andalucia and Murcia who were of the same opinion, (3.3%) in each case.

Without taking into account extreme cases, 58.6 percent of Asturians were in good health, together with 56.2 percent in Castilla-y-León and 56 percent of Basques.

Acknowledgements of poor health were registered from 12.2 percent of inhabitants of Ceuta and Melilla, from 11.6 percent of the Aragonese and from 10.8 percent of Andalucians.

An overall view indicated that 17.1 percent of Spaniards believed they were in very good health; 50.7 percent said it is “good”; 19.8 percent said their health was “acceptable”; 9.9 percent said it was “bad,” and 2.3 percent felt assured that it was “very bad.”

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