These latest ONS figures, for 2007-11, mask deep inequalities between social classes and geographical areas of the country.
The research pointed out while male solicitors, clergy, surveyors etc. have an average life expectancy of 82.5 years, men working in jobs such as street-sweepers, fishmongers, welders and window fitters will survive to only 76.6 years.
Even what we think of as super-fit male fitness instructors have a lower life expectancy than the average male journalist. Meanwhile, female florists live shorter lives than female care workers and several years less than a female estate agent.
According to the ONS, women have outlived men throughout recent times. Back in the early 1980s even women in the poorest group could expect to live longer than the most advantaged group of men.
However, since the 1970s, men have caught women up in terms of survival thanks to the sharp reduction in smoking and the decline in manual work.
The biggest gains in life expectancy are enjoyed by those earning the most. So, having money does count in the strongest possible way.
Health professionals warn that the epidemic of obesity and diabetes could throw into reverse improvements in lifespans. Source: The Guardian.
Here's a case where physical fitness shows no benefits. From the statistics, it would seem that sitting at a desk and working with your brain will give the fullest life possible.
I'm okay then, sitting here at my computer. It hardly matters that I have difficulty walking. I exercise my mind day after day, and go to bed each night tired, the way I would expect after a hard day of walking for miles.
Tomorrow, my husband will have lived for 77 years. He's fighting C, and although stress gets to him, he's enduring. Having a slender, elegant body, he's always worked at a sit-down job, and is a member or Mensa. Maybe his past employment has contributed to his survival.
Do the ONS statistics on life expectancy ring true to you?