Increases in life expectancy in the UK may be slowing down; possibly at the fastest rate among the top twenty leading world economies. This slowdown effect was most apparent in women, where the rate of rising life expectancy fell from 12.9 weeks per year between 2006 to 2011 to 1.2 weeks per year between 2011 to 2016. Life expectancy is still rising, even though more slowly.
UK among worst for life expectancy rises. London: BBC Health News, August 7th 2018.
This relates to:
Changing trends in mortality – an international comparison: 2000 to 2016. [Online]: Office for National Statistics (ONS), August 7th 2018.
Possible factors behind this slowdown in population life expectancy may include austerity, obesity and / or even the prevalence of dementia.
Triggle, N. (2017). Life expectancy rises ‘grinding to halt’ in England. London: BBC Health News, July 18th 2017.
Further, on stalling life expectancy.
“In some parts of the UK, life expectancy has even decreased”.
Therrien, A. (2018). Life expectancy progress in UK ‘stops for first time’. London: BBC Health News, September 25th 2018.
Possibly also of recent interest:
Pym, H. (2018). Why did more people die in depths of last winter? London: BBC Health News, August 1st 2018.
Comparison Across 18 OECD Countries
Most of the 18 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries showed declining life expectancy during 2014-15 and then “robust gains” during 2015-16 to compensate. Both the UK and US, however, appear to be show a continued decline in life expectancy.
Ho, JY. [and] Hendi, AS. (2018). Recent trends in life expectancy across high income countries: retrospective observational study. British Medical Journal (BMJ). August 15th 2018; 362: k2562.
An NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal explores the uncertainties in this research.
UK life expectancy drops while other western countries improve. London: NHS Choices, Behind the Headlines, August 16th 2018.
Further analysis from BBC News:
Triggle, N. (2019). Why aren’t we living longer? London: BBC Health News, October 4th 2019.