A boy born in Blackpool is four times more likely to die before 65 than a girl born in East Dorset, according to latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics that reveal that nearly a quarter of Blackpool boys will die before they reach 65.
Men are not pre-destined to die younger than women and there are many, many factors that contribute to men dying younger than women on average.
It is too simplistic to blame men and boys’ health inequalities on a single factor such as men’s behaviour, for example. When you consider that an average boy in East Dorset will die 3 years sooner than a local girl, but outline girls from Manchester by 4 years, then there are clearly other factors that are impacting on men’s health.
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According to the latest data, in 2009–11, male life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset (83.0 years); 9.2 years higher than in Blackpool, which had the lowest figure (73.8 years)
According to 2009–11 mortality rates, approximately 91% of baby boys and 94% of girls in East Dorset at birth will reach their 65th birthday. The comparable figures were 77% and 86% in Blackpool and Manchester respectively.
The distribution of life expectancy across England was characterised by a north-south divide, with people in local areas in the north generally living shorter lives than those in the south.
In 2009–11, approximately 32% of local areas in the East, 45% in the South East and 22% in the South West were in the fifth of areas with the highest male life expectancy at birth. In contrast, there was no local area in the North East, North West and Wales in this group. A similar pattern was observed for females.