Life expectancy, obesity and diabetes at all-time high

Life expectancy in England has reached an all-time high, but so have levels of obesity and diabetes.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Data released by the DoH show that life expectancy at birth is now 81.7 years for women and 77.5 years for men. Infant mortality is also at an all-time low and mortality rates from cancer and circulatory diseases are continuing to fall.

However, 24.4% of women and 23.6% of men are obese and 4.2% of women and 5.6% of men have diabetes. Increases in chlamydia infections and deaths from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis also remain a concern, the DoH said.
The figures are included in the ‘Health Profile of England 2008’ document.

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