Study Depicts Widening Life Expectancy Gap between Rich and Poor Women

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A UK based study shows that financial well-being may have a role to play in an individual’s lifespan

A new study, conducted by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), has found that the life expectancy for women in the poorest parts of UK, has almost gone down by 3 months. The same study, also found that the life expectancy for women in the rich neighborhoods in the country, has shot up by an almost equivalent, three months. The study also states that the overall, at-birth life expectancy of women from impoverished areas, from 2015-2107, was 78.7 years, and in the same period of time, the overall life expectancy for women from less deprived areas, was 86.2 years.

While the gap in women’s life expectancies lied at an approximate 7.5 years, men were found to have an even larger gap in life expectancies. Men from deprived neighborhoods were found to live to an average of 74 years, whereas those from the more affluent areas, lived to an average age of 83.3 years, depicting a gap of almost a decade. However, this gap was affected by a rise in the average age of an affluent British male, while the average life expectancy for men from deprived areas, remained the same, more or less.

“For a long time, of course, growing life expectancy has been a sign of society progressing, so if that’s reversing, and we have seen this for the last few years now, then we have got some serious questions to ask ourselves about what progress looks like. One hundred days is a lot. A lot of people would love to have just one more day with their loved ones.” Says Dr. Faiza Shaheen, Director of the UK Center for Labor and Social Studies (CLASS).

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