Obe­sity to shorten life

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE nation’s bulging waist­line could drag life ex­pectancy back to lev­els seen a decade ago, the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics has con­firmed.

The bu­reau re­leased up­dated fig­ures for life ex­pectancy and other key so­cial trends yes­ter­day, in a re­port that ac­knowl­edged ex­perts’ concern over the im­pact of ris­ing obe­sity. The up­date says Aus­tralian males born be­tween 2007 and 2009 should ex­pect to live 79.3 y e a r s , whi l e f e mal e s should live to 83.9 years.

The r e p o r t not e d a broader trend to­wards less healthy life­styles - par­tic­u­larly among the young, who could go on to have shorter lives than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions.

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