What Is Life Expectancy? Essay

739 Words Mar 24th, 2016 3 Pages
1. What is life expectancy, what is healthy life expectancy? What exactly then is the difference?
According to News Medical, life expectancy is the number of years a person is expected to live based on a statistical average (http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Life-Expectancy.aspx). Healthy life expectancy is a different concept. The World Health Organization defines healthy life expectancy as the number of years one can expect to live in “full health,” free of disease and/or injury (http://www.who.int/healthinfo/statistics/indhale/en/). The latter considers years where health is “less than full,” which means that it will be less than the life expectancy figure.

2a. What is your life expectancy? (For your race, ethnicity, biological sex, age cohort? Surprised? Why or why not? What is the difference in life expectancy between a white female and a black male? Why is there such a huge difference? Hint: There is a horrific sobering difference between the two categories. There are many different available online calculators for those who want to calculate life expectancy. One is from the Social Security Administration. Based on an average life expectancy for my gender and birthdate from cohort life expectancy tables, I am estimated today to live 58.3 years longer to reach an age of 85.9 (http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/longevity.cgi). The National Vital Statistics Reports provide another resource for life expectancy data. The United States Life Tables from 2010 report…

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