We seem intent on destroying ourselves.
In 737 U.S. counties out of more than 3,000, life expectancies for women declined between 1997 and 2007. For life expectancy to decline in a developed nation is rare. Setbacks on this scale have not been seen in the U.S. since the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, according to demographers.
The 21st century American epidemics are broken governance and purposeful ignorance.
The grim trend is fueled largely by smoking, high blood pressure and obesity, according to Murray and other population health experts.
The US is falling when ranking countries on infant mortality rates and preventable deaths. We perform poorly in every study I’ve ever read, considering we are the richest country in the world with one of the highest per capita GDP. The preventable deaths are caused by smoking, obesity, and high cholesterol.
If you don’t want to compare the US to other countries fine. But please explain this decline. It’s preventable. Having a lifestyle that will give you good odds at living a long, healthy life is not hard. Don’t smoke and don’t be obese. Don’t eat fast food. Drink moderately. Smoking will kill almost all its users from diseases non-users are very unlikely to get. Same thing with obesity. Exercise and move in your spare time. Sitting all day at your office, to sitting all day on the bus/car, to go sit in front of the TV will kill you too. Giving yourself a good chance at a long healthy life is not rocket science, it requires no intuition whatsoever.
It’s terrible, but the declines for women are in poor, Republican regions of the country.
Also worth noting every country ahead of us has nationalized health care.
Working hard today, so this is the best I got. Citation.