Life Expectancy: Pensions, Health and Insurance - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 26 April 2023.

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Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care 3:07, 26 April 2023

I am aware that there has been a similar phenomenon across all the G7 western nations. Life expectancy has been plateauing for the last few years, and the only country to buck that trend is Japan. A lot of this is to do with obesity, which I know noble Lords regard as a very important issue. While we are improving issues such as alcohol intake, the impact of obesity on healthy lifestyles is an important factor that we will need to tackle.