This is inexcusable: life expectancy rates are declining in the U.S.

While there is a focus here on white Americans, Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking –, the fact that life expectancy for ANY group in the U.S. is inexcusable. Women in particular have been hit hard. Key quote:

The five-year decline for white women rivals the catastrophic seven-year drop for Russian men in the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, said Michael Marmot, director of the Institute of Health Equity in London.

It’s not a small thing: it’s comparable to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

American society as a whole is suffering badly. This is a key indicator of it, and a signifigant sign more dramatic changes need to occur.

One response to “This is inexcusable: life expectancy rates are declining in the U.S.

  1. My initial reaction to this was of shock & disbelief, but then I started thinking….Given what we know about the lifestyle choices of the average North American, their diet & fitness level, etc. It didn’t really surprise me. Factor in other declining socio-economic, & cultural conditions and it makes sense. It’s also a loud wakeup call for people to take as much personal responsibility for their health & well being as humanly possible. These stats can easily be changed once people realize that & make the necessary changes that are well within their control.
    …What is really “inexcusable” is that sadly, many people choose not to.