Years have been knocked off official projections of children’s life expectancies in the UK, an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows.
A baby girl born in 2019 is now expected to celebrate three fewer birthdays on average, than under previous calculations.
Official 2014 data thought that girl would make it to 93.6. Now the figure is 90.4.
The report also slashed the likelihood of children reaching 100.
What’s going on?
Although life expectancies have been and are still improving, experts say previous estimates were too high.
The improvement is much smaller than previously thought, as part of a widely acknowledged slowdown in life expectancy since 2011.
In 2018, life expectancy growth stalled for the first time in more than 30 years.
This has led statisticians to re-evaluate their