American babies born in 2009 can expect to live until about 2087. Their life expectancy is record-high , according to the latest National Vital Statistics Report released Wednesday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Average longevity is projected at 78.2 years, up from 78.0 for babies born in 2008. The average male born in 2009 will reach age 75.7, while the average female will live until age 80.6. White women will live slightly longer than black women, who'll live longer than white men, who'll out-live black men.

Surprisingly, considering the ever-growing obesity epidemic , death rates also fell to an all time low in 2009, to 741.0 deaths per 100,000 people. Heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, accidents, Alzheimer's disease and homicide all declined since the previous year.

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