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 – NYTimes.com, 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.

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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.

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