Signs life-expectancy is falling in US
(Healingtalks) Though we believe America is the greatest nation on earth and with the greatest of healthcare arts (certainly the most expensive), this is not the case according to a new report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (PDF). Our life expectancy actually falls short. The new study indicates that between 2000 and 2007 more than 80 percent of American counties “fell in standing against the average of 10 nations with the best life expectancies.” In some counties, life expectancy fell from the level it stood at a decade ago, something unprecedented.
Life expectancy is especially getting worse for women and blacks
Both groups have seen their life expectancies shift downward relative to those other developed countries.
- Women are expected to live less than 74.5 years in five counties in Mississippi, less than in countries like Honduras and El Salvador.
- Women’s life expectancy fell in a quarter of the 700 county population areas in the US.
- Black men have lower life expectancies than white women and men in every American county, with some black men expected to live just 59.4 years. That’s shorter than even in Brazil and Latvia.
Though some might be tempted to ascribe these problems to diversity or America’s population boom, researchers say people are dying early for the same reasons they’ve always been dying early: obesity from eating junk foods, living sedentary lives, having rising tobacco use, and being subject to various drug addictions (legal and illegal).
Top Ten Life Expectancy Countries, plus USA
- 1. Iceland
- 2. Switzerland
- 3. Sweden
- 4. Japan
- 5. Australia
- 6. Norway
- 7. Canada
- 8. Spain
- 9. France
- 10. The Netherlands
- 37. The USA (37th place)