10. Challenges for policy and practice

10.1. The consequences of social inequality for young people’s well-being and health

What this is about

The average standard of living in Luxembourg is high, but the situation is not equal across the board. This has an impact on young people’s health and well-being. The lower they rate their own social status, the worse their starting conditions are for entering adult life: they are more likely to have an unhealthy diet than young people with a high social status, take less exercise, and receive less support from their families. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this trend even more pronounced. It is therefore even more important that such young people receive support from their social environment in developing strategies to solve their problems, and that their social environment – from family through to school – is able to provide this.