Life expectancy gap widens to ‘shocking’ levels in London


The average life expectancy of people living in some of London’s most affluent boroughs could hit 100 in 20 years’ time, a report has revealed.

But as the residents of swanky addresses continue to prosper they could live up to 25 years longer than those living in deprived communities, according to Prof Sir Michael Marmot, director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London.

He said ‘much more needs to be done’ to tackle the ‘shocking’ life expectancy gap in the capital.

‘The best life expectancy in London is better than the average in Japan, which has the highest in the world, and the worst compares to Guatemala,’ he told the Evening Standard.

His last report published four years ago linked longevity to poor diet, housing, education and employment.

In the most affluent areas of Westminster life expectancy for women is 93.76 years on average and 91.26 for men.


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