Brits live longer but have more health worries

People in the UK are living longer than they were 40 years ago, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, although they have more health concerns.

In 1970, life expectancy was 68.7 years for men and 75 for women.

Now, that figures stands at 77.8 and 81.9 respectively.

However, obesity figures have risen considerably.

In 1994, 15.7 per cent of people had a body mass index of 30 or more, the figures show, whereas now 24.5 per cent of the population is overweight.

While people might think that they can put off making a DIY will because they will live longer, they might want to reconsider after hearing the obesity rates.

The Social Trends report also found that more people are living alone and fewer people are married.

Matthew Hughes, editor of the report, said: "We are now living longer, less of us get married, and household sizes are smaller.

"More of us have cars, women are having babies later in life, and more of our household spending goes on housing, water and fuel."

Posted by Christopher Evans

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Published on: July 2, 2010

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