U.S. falling behind in new life expectancy projections

Posted at 8:34 AM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 10:32:12-05

Researchers say by 2030, life expectancy will top 90 years in one country while the U.S. falls further behind.

That's according to researchers at the Imperial College London who studied 35 developed countries.

South Korea topped the list -- with an expectancy of nearly 91 years for women and 84 for men. For women, France, Japan, Spain and Switzerland were next on the list, with a life expectancy of 88. For men, Australia, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands were next, all with an expectancy of nearly 84.

The study shows the U.S. already lags behind other developed countries and will fall even further behind by 2030. Researchers say that's because, among rich countries, the U.S. has the highest rates of homicide and mother and child deaths. It's also the only high-income country without comprehensive health care.

By 2030, life expectancy in the U.S. is projected to be 83 for women, placing it at 27th among the 35 countries studied. For men life expectancy is predicted to be 80, which is 26th.

Macedonia was at the bottom of the list with a women's life expectancy of nearly 78; Serbia had the lowest expectancy for men at about 73.