By Arthur F. Beaugeard

Life expectancy has fallen by six months in the UK due to British people living unhealthier lifestyles that are due to budget cuts for social programs, and increased food prices. Why is one of the world’s most developed nations going through this crisis?

In recent decades, the life expectancy for the British had been increasing by around three years every ten years, but since 2014, life expectancy in the UK has been steadily declining. Why? This is due to a number of factors, including the fact that healthy food is more expensive than cheap food, and wages have been steadily declining in Britain for some time due to investors being unwilling to put more money on the line in the UK because of uncertainty over Brexit. The age at which a citizen of the UK may receive their state pension has been slowly raised to 67 as a future of the government’s austerity program and other societal problems such as drug abuse, alcohol, smoking, and obesity have all contributed to deaths at the hands of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The country’s National Health Service does not focus so much on preventing the causes for these problems but instead dealing with them when they occur, which has further exacerbated the problem.

One of the lasting effects of the Great Recession of 2008 was the UK’s austerity program. When the housing bubble burst and the economies of the world stumbled into recession 11 years ago, the UK implemented an austerity program which greatly reduced spending on social services, which were critical for many people dealing with mental problems and abuse. 

Due to the United Kingdom’s parliament being preoccupied with Brexit at the moment, there is little chance of this easily preventable problem, being dealt with any time soon. One can only hope that the people of the UK will try to live healthier lifestyles and make a change for the better. 

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