DORSET, UK. 18th January, 2024 – In an alarming revelation, the latest data from The Office of National Statistics’ (ONS’) shows that UK’s life expectancy has plummeted to its lowest level in more than a decade.
Unsettling Decline: UK Among the Lowest in G7 Nations
The UK once proudly occupied the seventh spot globally for longest life expectancy, owing to healthcare advancements and improved living and working conditions. Regrettably, the UK has been slipping further down the global ladder in recent years. Currently ranking second lowest among the G7 nations, the UK is ahead only of the USA in this intergovernmental group of the world’s advanced economies.
The Stark Reality: UK’s Life Expectancy in Numbers
The ONS’ recent report depicts a grim picture: life expectancy at birth in the UK in 2020 – 2022 was 78.6 for males and 82.6 for females. This is a decrease of 38 weeks (or 0.7 years) for males and 23 weeks (or 0.4 years) for females compared to the period from 2017 to 2019.
COVID-19 vs. Preventable Health Conditions: The Leading Cause of Death
The statistics suggest that lower life expectancy levels are a reflection of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to increased mortality rates in 2020 – 2021. However, World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 2022 shows that preventable health conditions, such as heart disease, are now the leading causes of death in the UK.
“The UK is in the grip of a health and wellbeing crisis. With the NHS under stress, lack of health education and a rising death toll, it’s time for a health revolution. The ball is in our court now – it’s time to act” says David Brewer, CEO at Protect Line.
The Obesity Epidemic: Time to Shift Gears
The UK stands as one of the most obese nations in Europe, with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer (all linked to obesity) being major causes of unexpected death.
Call to Action: Time for a Lifestyle Change
To combat this health crisis, it is imperative that UK residents make significant changes in their everyday lifestyles, starting with a healthy balanced diet and regular physical activity.
“The statistics are clear, the consequences are grave, and the action is urgent,” concludes David Brewer. “It’s time for the UK to step up, get moving, and commit to a healthier future. For ourselves, and for our children.”