Life expectancy for American women goes down
Why are American women living five years LESS than their mothers? Scientists baffled by shocking trend
Two studies found that life expectancy rates among women have been steadily falling in about half of U.S. counties. According to a map by the University of Wisconsin, the states most affected are Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee. The Southwest and Northeast are the areas least impacted by the trend
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 14, 2013 9:33 AM
The mortality rate is falling among white, high-school dropouts especially who are expected to die five years earlier than the previous generation
Kindig was the co-author of a University of Wisconsin study published in March which reported that for the last two decades, the mortality rate for women had increased in half of U.S. counties, while the male mortality rate only increased in 3 per cent. Kindig said he was so shocked by it's outcome, that he and his research partner went back and did the numbers again just to double check.
But their initial calculations were right and soon confirmed by a study by the University of Washington which found that female life expectancy either stagnated or declined in 45 per cent of U.S. counties between 1985 and 2010.
The studies agreed that women were living shorter lives, but researchers still don't know what to blame.
'Clearly something is going on,' Kindig told the Atlantic. 'It could be cultural, political, or environmental, but the truth is we don't really know the answer.'
Only one third of female high-school dropouts are employed, and working low income jobs or being unemployed all together can cause stress which manifests itself in smoking or obesity.
'Life is different for women without a high-school degree than it was a few decades ago, and in most cases it's a lot worse,' said demographer Jennifer Karas Montez.