...Scientists Baffled by Shocking Trend
The increase in unmarried single mothers, the increase in women in the work force, the rise of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, the dissolution of the poor white community and the social support and religious and moral traditions that go with it would be my guesses as to why.
- 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
- The mortality rate is falling among white, high-school dropouts especially who are expected to die five years earlier than the previous generation
Men, on the other hand, are living a little longer, and the difference between male and female life spans is decreasing. American men's longevity was about 7.8 years shorter than women's in 1972 but the difference dropped to 5 years in 2005. Perhaps women pay a price when they take on the roles traditionally assigned to men, especially the role of sole breadwinner.