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Why you might outlive your life expectancy

ROSS AND JOHN

Life expectancy for typical girls has reached an all-time high of 84.

For newborn boys it has plateaued for the first time in more than 20 years, but at 80, it’s still pretty high.

But if your child is born this year, they could outlive that expectancy.

Philip Clarke from the University of Melbourne told Ross and John life expectancy increases every year.

“Mortality has been dropping over the last few decades,” Mr Clarke said.

But it can work both ways.

“It’s possible they might end up living a shorter period if things like the rising levels of obesity lead to chronic diseases that reduce life expectancy,” Mr Clarke said.

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