Healthy Life Expectancy: China VS U.S.

For the first time, the WHO has announced that China has beaten the United States in terms of having healthy life expectancy at birth. According to WHO data, newborns in China can look forward to 68.7 years of healthy life in the future versus 68.5 years for American babies. The overall life expectancy rate for American babies is 78.5 years but the last 10 years are not expected to be healthy.

The World Health Organization has announced that for the first time, China has beaten the United States in terms of having healthy life expectancy at birth. According to WHO data, newborns in China can look forward to 68.7 years of healthy life in the future versus 68.5 years for American babies. The overall life expectancy rate for American babies is 78.5 years but the last 10 years are not expected to be healthy. China’s rate is 76.4 years but unlike American babies, their 10 years will be much healthy.

WHO spokeswoman Alison Clements-Hunt said: “The lost years of good health that are a factor in calculating healthy life expectancy at birth are lower for China, Japan, Korea and some other high income Asian countries than for high income Western countries.”

China is actually catching up with the US in terms of overall life expectancy. According to predictions from Reuters,  it is on course to overtake around 2027. Although China and the US are battling it out in terms of healthy life expectancy, Japan is the real winner for it has the world’s longest life expectancy rate at 84.2 years.

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