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    Why Are American Women Living 5 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
    • The mortality rate is falling among white, high-school dropouts especially who are expected to die five years earlier than the previous generation
    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.

    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.

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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

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    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.

    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.

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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    The combined pressures of being in the workforce plus still having to do the vast majority of the household tasks are taking a toll.
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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    Women DEMANDED to be more like men, well they got it, happy?

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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    The combined pressures of being in the workforce plus still having to do the vast majority of the household tasks are taking a toll.

    HAHA! In your house maybe...

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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
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    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.

    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.
    I think obesity probably plays a role. Today's women are not getting as much exercise and don't eat right either. I also wonder how much stress plays a role.

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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    Looks like women who live in more liberal states are living longer though. /partisan_troll

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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    My first thought was the rising obesity rates.
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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    Well as a society I think we are unhealthier than we were 50 years ago. Obesity, processed foods, stressful office environments, longer working hours take your pick.
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    Re: Why Are American Women Living 5 Years Less than Their Mothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    ...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.

    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.
    Without reading the article or your comments I can answer the title of the article in one simple thought. Because they're fat. Just like men are.
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