Posted: May 23, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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It is often noted that life expectancy roughly doubled during the 20th century, but that statistic is an unhelpful merger of two phases. Until World War II, gains in life expectancy were achieved mostly via a progressive lowering of mortality rates in infancy and childbirth; thereafter, the ages at which the most progress has been made are middle-age and above. Most demographers predict that these more recent gains, which have averaged roughly two years per decade, will continue for some time, at least so long as the current rise in obesity and its associated diseases is substantially curtailed by dietary, lifestyle and medical advances. This will have a dramatic impact on the world economy; the nature of that impact will depend heavily on choices we make concerning wealth distribution. (via Science: Making Sure That Health and Wealth Keep Pace with Extended Life Expectancy | UA Magazine)

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