Let us take notes and learn from this study shall we?
White Women’s Life Expectancy Is Declining According To Study
A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can’t explain.
The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation’s counties – many of them rural and in the South and West. Curiously, for men, life expectancy has held steady or improved in nearly all counties.
The study is the latest to spot this pattern, especially among disadvantaged white women. Some leading theories blame higher smoking rates, obesity and less education, but several experts said they simply don’t know why.
Women have long outlived men, and the latest numbers show the average life span for a baby girl born today is 81, and for a baby boy, it’s 76. But the gap has been narrowing and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown women’s longevity is not growing at the same pace as men’s.
What is that white women are doing to affect their health that black women aren’t?
Some other studies that focused on national data have highlighted steep declines in life expectancy for white women who never earned a high school diploma. Meanwhile, life expectancy seems to be growing for more educated and affluent women. Some experts also have suggested smokers or obese women are dragging down life expectancy.
The Murray and Kindig studies both spotlight regional differences. Some of the highest smoking rates are in Southern states, and the proportion of women who failed to finish high school is also highest in the South.
“I think the most likely explanation for why mortality is getting worse is those factors are just stronger in those counties,” Murray said, adding that abuse of Oxycontin and other drugs also may add to the problem.
We can definitely say that we’ve seen far more white women smoking cigarettes and poppin’ pills than black women, but as far as education and obesity goes, the African-American community definitely needs to take the time to get their lives together before things get worse than they already are.
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