A new study has found that England's wealthiest people will live, on average, eight years longer than the nation's poorest residents.
The good news is that researchers say life expectancy has gone up overall by 5.4% since 1990, but there is still a huge gap in life expectancies between social classes.
According to the study, the richest 20% of men in the east of England will, on average, live for more than 83 years. That figure is well above the life expectancy of the least wealthy 20% of men in the north west of England who average just 75 years of age.
The difference in life expectancy is reflected in the research into women too.Wealthier women have a life expectancy of around 86, while the poorest women in the country will live on average 79.5 years.
The NHS has reported that these differences are even visible in different areas of the same city. Reporting in April this year, they claim that those living in the affluent area of Kensington in London will live an average of five to six years longer than those who live in the working class borough of Tower Hamlets.
Although the reports may come as a shock to some, the gap in life expectancies between men and women has always been an issue. The difference has lessened in recent years and it is expected that by 2030 the gap between the sexes will be just 1.9 years.
According to the World Health Organisation's 2013 statistics, areas including North America, parts of Europe and Australia have a life expectancy between 80 and 87, while areas of Africa have a significantly lower life expectancy of around 50 years of age.