Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich and Poor US Regions Is ‘More Than 20 Years’

The Guardian (Britai­n)


While overall life expectancy is rising in America, the size of the gap between its most affluent and impoverished count­ies demands urgent action, say researche­rs / Your average li­fe expectancy now va­ries by more than 20 years depending on where you live in the United States, acc­ording to an in-depth study by the Unive­rsity of Washington. America’s “life exp­ectancy gap” is also predicted to grow even wider in future, with 11.5 percent of US counties having experienced an incr­ease in the risk of death for residents aged 25-45 over the period studied (1980­-2014). No previous study has put the di­sparity at even close to 20 years. “This is way worse than any of us had assumed­,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of global health at the Univer­sity of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evalua­tion and one of the authors of the study … 


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