Smoking and Obesity Eliminate Additional
Years Off Of the Average American Lifespan
According to the American Public Health Association's
annual report, the trend of improvements in Americans' overall health has
stopped as more people become obese and fewer quit smoking.
The report, which examines 18 health indicators including smoking, infant
mortality, and immunization, shows that although U.S. overall health
improved by an average of 1.5 percent a year during the 1990s, that increase
has slowed to just 0.3 percent since 2000.
The average American lifespan fell to 69.3 years, a number surpassed by 28
nations including Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, and France
This nation's infant mortality rate is more than double that of Japan
Obesity rates in America have virtually doubled over the past 15 years
Although 30 percent of Americans have quit smoking since 1990, the number of
people who have quit since 1993 has leveled off considerably
The report also named Minnesota our nation's healthiest state, while three
Southern states -- Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi -- rounded out the
bottom of the list
Health Foundation Report 12/12/2005
American Public Health Association Report 12/12/2005
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