The spike in mental health issues, 2012 in review, the world in 2030

-A major new study finds a dramatic rise in life expectancy over the past 40 years but also a spike in mental and physical health problems, as The Guardian reports.

-A National Intelligence Council report forecasts what the world will look like in 2030. Wired spotlights some tech-related predictions.

-Luxury spending by Chinese consumers now outpaces all other markets, according to McKinsey & Company.

-A new Ad Age report examines how affluent Millennials differ from older affluents.

-NPR discusses the growing wave of Millennial entrepreneurs.

-As Britain gets increasingly racially diverse, the country is slowly coming to look more like its multicultural capital, reports The Economist.

-With the Census Bureau pointing to the U.S. becoming a “plurality nation,” the term “minority” might “need to be retired or rethought,” suggests The New York Times.

The Economist looks at America’s falling birth and immigration rates and sees “long-term trouble ahead.”

-A special report from The Economist takes a look at the global obesity epidemic.

-Childhood obesity is declining (slightly) in a few American cities, reversing a long upward trend, reports The New York Times.

-An FT series, “Decoding Big Data” explores topics including how the ad industry is deploying data scientists to personalize messaging and leveraging real-time data, and the effect of Big Data in retail.

The Wall Street Journal’s privacy series examines how companies are tying consumers’ identities to their Web browsing habits.

The Economist reports on the rise of “data lockers,” services that help give consumers more control over their personal data.

TechCrunch summarizes a 21-nation survey by the Pew Research Center that examines how people are using social media today.

-Recognizing the legitimacy of the social web, Social Media becomes a major at one college.

-A new report from IDC spotlights a record-breaking rise in smart device shipments.

-A Teen Vogue report looks at Millennials’ multichannel shopping habits.

-A new survey finds that while many Americans believe smartphones will become wallets, only a minority are ready to embrace the trend, reports Mobile Commerce Daily.

MIT Technology Review takes a look at some of the startups working to “bring e-mail back to the future.”

Mashable reports that 2013 will be “the year of responsive web design.”

-“This is a time of huge opportunity in finance—as long as you are something other than a bank,” reports The Economist, looking at the rise of non-bank finance.

-In The Atlantic, James Fallows examines why more American companies are embracing the idea of bringing manufacturing back from Asia.

The New York Times reports on how climate change is affecting ski resorts.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the “crisis” faced by America’s dairy industry and how marketers are addressing declining interest in milk.

Time looks at what’s ahead for electric vehicles.

-2012 was “a pretty good year” for female heroism in film, says The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, exploring the rise of stronger women characters.

24/7 Wall Street spotlights the American restaurant chains with the biggest declines over the past decade, from Bennigan’s to Big Boy.

-2012 in review, according to Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Ford released its internal consumer trends report for 2013, and Adweek takes a quick look.

-Frog Design outlines 20 tech trends that will define 2013 in Co.Design.

-MediaPost covers The Food Network’s 10 Food Trends for 2013.

USA Today reports that American cities are starting to ban or restrict the use of foam cups and food containers.

Businessweek reports that 50 Shades of Grey is boosting sales of sex toys cited in the book.