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Obesity threat

Life expectancy in the US is set to drop within the next 50 years owing to obesity, one of the world’s top experts told an audience at Cass Business School last month.

Speaking at the first of two Watson Wyatt lectures for 2005, Professor Jay Olshansky from the University of Illinois said he believed that within the next 50 years life expectancy at birth will decline, and it will decline as a result of the ‘obesity epidemic that will creep through all ages like a human tsunami’.

The second 2005 Watson Wyatt lecture is by Professor James Vaupel, the founding and executive director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, on 23 March.