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Good news! It looks like women are set to live longer than ever, according to a new study.
In a report from the World Health Organisation and Imperial College London, it’s been revealed that by 2030, the average life expectancy of women in some countries could be over 90 years old. This will mean that average life expectancy for females will sit at the highest it has ever been before.
Women in South Korea are actually set to live the longest, with their life expectancy peaking to just over 90. The research also found that women in the UK could expect to live to around 85 by 2030, while women in France could also look forward to reaching the 88 or 89 mark. Currently, average life expectancy for women in the UK is 83, while men’s life expectancy stands at 79 at the moment.
Why are women in South Korea set to be some of the longest-living in the world? The researchers who undertook the study suggested that some of the countries policies could be the reason.
Professor Majid Ezzati told the BBC, “They seem to have been a more equal place and things that have benefited people – education, nutrition – have benefited most people.” He continued, “and so far, they are better at dealing with hypertension and have some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.”
So could tackling obesity be the key to a longer-living nation? It certainly seems that way, as women in the US – with one of the highest levels of obesity in the world – can only expect to live to around 82. This is the lowest predicted life expectancy out of all of the richest countries globally.
France, who also arguably have one of the best diets in the world, can expect some of the second highest life-expectancies in the world, with women predicted to live to around 88 come 2030.
These new findings also suggested that the gap in life expectancy between men and women would begin to close.
Professor Ezzati said that usually, men lived for a far shorter time – “Men traditionally had unhealthier lifestyles, and so shorter life expectancies… They smoked and drank more, and had more road traffic accidents and homicides, however, as lifestyles become more similar between men and women, so does their longevity.”
But by 2030, men’s life expectancy in the UK looks like it may well catch up to women’s. It is predicted to rise to about 83, while women’s will be at around 85.