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Peak life expectancy

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Life expectancy has peaked in some US States according to recent research. This follows research published in 2005 that suggests current living children may not outlive their parents, and that peak life expectancy in the US may be reached between 2030 and 2040. Mostly, this is attributed to the massive spike in childhood obesity which typically results in lifelong obesity and associated health problems.

In coming decades, as obese children carry their elevated risks of death and disease into older age, average life spans could fall by two to five years.

In Australia, life expectancy continues to grow, but there appears to be no similar geographical disaggregation studies showing the divergence between urban and rural life expectancy. The data below shows that men have gained 3.1 year of life expectancy at birth in the past decade, while women have gained 2.1 years

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I was reading through the posts and came across this about life expectancy (which is important to understand for investors).

I had read before in other material that it was anticipated that life expectancy would continue to grow. Seems to be that way for Australia - but for the US, the peak is surprising. The explanation about child obesity and then prolonged effects makse some sense in explaining the peak - and highlights the improtance of addressing the issue!

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We are past peak life expectancy. Obesity, diabetes, public hospital elective surgery unavailability, public hospital waiting lists, dental care affordability, food access rights, fresh food to processed food price relationship, congestion, distress, ...

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We are past peak life expectancy. Obesity, diabetes, public hospital elective surgery unavailability, public hospital waiting lists, dental care affordability, food access rights, fresh food to processed food price relationship, congestion, distress, ...

Boomers about to spend all their money on health related research?

As soon as they couldn't get it up we got viagra.

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nice analogy about the boomers (regarding viagra)..

yeah as they get older, more money will most likely go into health-related research to improve the health and extend the lives of the boomers

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I am thinking about the Gen X, Y, Z and how they will not even make it as far as the boomers because the above listed items influenced them at an earlier age and hence over a longer period. Boomers became obese as adults. Gen Ys became obese as children.

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nice analogy about the boomers (regarding viagra)..

As you are new I will not get excessively angry about your misuse of the word analogy. I will simply point out it is a fact and not an analogy.

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I am thinking about the Gen X, Y, Z and how they will not even make it as far as the boomers because the above listed items influenced them at an earlier age and hence over a longer period. Boomers became obese as adults. Gen Ys became obese as children.

Fat is an easy target for resolution. Pump up the bodies energy expenditure and you're done. Build muscle and it eats the fat by itself.

Not even a hard thing to solve.

Failing brains? hard thing to solve.

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You know that obesity isn't only about fat but the strain and wear it puts on the bone structure and circulatory system. Those are two things you can't just undo.

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You know that obesity isn't only about fat but the strain and wear it puts on the bone structure and circulatory system. Those are two things you can't just undo.

At a guess it strengthens bone (assuming a decent diet and obesity that still allows standing). The heart yeah not so fond of it.

But if the fat went away in a few weeks the problem would rectify itself relatively. If the fat was replaced by muscle then people would be almost unable to prevent themselves exercising. This is apparently a relatively likely DNA fix (it has bad ramifications for food shortages of course but when did fat people care about starving people).

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At a guess it strengthens bone

I know enough fat people to say even if this is true they certainly do not get to use their strong bones because their joints give out at an earlier age.

Knees and Hips in particular.

That said most of those I know have been in a physical workplace so I guess you nearly need to be conscientious in your dietry approach to be fat and be highly active. In doing both it appears it puts strain on your joints between bones rather than creating bone issues.

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I read some time ago about paleolithic (hunter-gatherer) diets a while ago, this provides a little more evidence to the benefits. I may try and give it a better shake when I get back to Oz, it is so difficult to eat well when travelling... especially in Europe.

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