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New Study: White People Have The Lowest Life Expectancy in England and Wales

The objective of the study was to determine and improve health in different ethnic groups


A new study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that white people have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic group in England and Wales.

According to the data, white women live 83.1 years while white men live just 79.7. Together, they represent the lowest ethnic life expectancy.  The statisticians commented that Black Africans had the overall highest life expectancy.

The ethnicities were categorized in this report as Pakistani, Indian, Black African, Black Caribbean, Black other, Bangladeshi, White, Mixed, and Other.

The study used census data to evaluate the mortality rates. The researcher wrote that they wanted “to improve the evidence around health outcomes for different ethnic groups and highlight areas where further analysis is needed.”

Black African women have the longest life expectancy (88.9 years) and Bangladeshi people have the largest sex gap, with women outliving their male counterparts by 6.2 years.

White people reportedly have a higher rate of cancer and are more likely to smoke or drink, thereby impacting their mortality rating. Cancer deaths were lower among Indian, Pakistani, and other Asian groups.

“Researchers concluded cancer and heart disease are the biggest killers, together accounting for 61 per cent of all male deaths and 53 per cent of all female deaths in England and Wales. But the proportion of deaths these conditions are responsible for varies between ethnic groups, with the figure jumping to 64.7 per cent of all black Caribbean men who died, while it dropped to 55 per cent for the ‘mixed’ ethnic group,” per The Daily Mail.

Julie Stanborough, deputy director of health analysis and life events at ONS, said “Further research is required to investigate the reasons for the differences. However, these results reveal important patterns in life expectancy and mortality by ethnic group which are complex, but nevertheless consistent with most previous studies.”

The indication that white people have greater health concerns and shorter life expectancy contrasts popular talking points from last year. 

In March of 2020, Dr. Pragya Agarwal wrote that the National Health Service was inherently racially biased and that put more minority people at risk of coronavirus. She called for sweeping changes, saying “Unconscious bias will affect both NHS staff and patients, yet it is a topic that we still tiptoe around.”

Britain’s National Institute of Health (NIH) announced in June it would work to end structural racism in biomedical research enterprises. Scientists, administrators, staff, and leaders from the NIH committed to “increasing funding opportunities for projects that help to understand and address the impact of structural racism and discrimination on minority health and health disparities” in addition to “identifying and correcting any NIH policies and practices that perpetuate structural racism.”

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6 responses to “New Study: White People Have The Lowest Life Expectancy in England and Wales”

  1. Cursed108 says:

    “New Study: White People in Have The Lowest Life Expectancy in England and Wales”
    who edited this? it should say “New Study: White People Have The Lowest Life Expectancy in England and Wales”

  2. Estimated_Lot says:

    I should clarify when speaking of “people in this country” on welfare and in low income areas, I was speaking of white and black and all races. Though black is and was, a greater percentage in most cities, I observed the same relaxed and comfortable behavior from all races in these areas.

    And this is all generalizing based on my observations. But I’ve seen the same in many east European countries where people sit out and play cards and chess all day sipping tea or coffee. I’m not saying it’s easy being poor, but it could lead to higher life expectancy if combined with better diets and exercise.

    The stress of difficult jobs and long hours can really take years off of your life and lead to cancer and many other ailments. I’m experiencing some of this now after working like a dog through my life to obtain better living conditions and quality.

  3. Estimated_Lot says:

    I look at people in this country who live mostly off welfare. I drove a taxi 25 years ago and frequented these areas often. People in many of the welfare housing, and low income, seemed very relaxed and comfortable. They’d be sitting out on their patios all day or tinkering around on an old car.

    If these people would just eat healthier and get a little exercise they would live very long. This probably what’s happening in the UK. Most of their black population are immigrants and tend to eat better based on their traditions and low body mass indexes.

    (headline needs to be corrected, strike the first “in”)

  4. abodine130 says:

    Yeah they just need to take out that first “IN”.

  5. abodine130 says:

    Too bad they don’t have white privilege across the pond!

  6. Bing says:

    Your title is way off, copy editor, check that again