New York Times Reports on Drop in Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites

Though this is a news story from a few weeks ago, I thought it may be worthwhile mentioning on Broad Street Book Nerds.

It’s a rather unexpected outcome of recent research, but in late September, the New York Times reported on a considerable drop in life expectancy among white Americans with less education between 1980 and 2008.

Within the field, I imagine many epidemiologists expected we would start to see declines in life expectancy because of obesity and the rise in related chronic conditions, but it’s interesting that it has shown up in Caucasians, who are often the reference groups for epidemiologic research.

It’s important to note, however, that these outcomes are in a shrinking group of Americans and represent a widening gap in health outcomes among all whites.

It’s certainly food for thought as our book club reads Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky, a work that touches on the perceptions in the 1930s and 1940s that certain infections targeted wealthier and more affluent white populations in America.


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