According to a new study average life expectancy declined significantly in nearly 200 counties across America. Overall life expectancy has increased since 1961 to 79.6 years for women and 74.1 years for men but it began to plateau or decline in the 1980's for 4% of men and 19% of women.
This rise in mortality for chronic diseases contradicts the health trends in other industrialized countries. Generally the data highlights domestic trends in smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.
According to Majid Ezzati of Harvard University, "In the U.S. there has always been a view, stated or unstated, that we can live with some inequality if everyone is getting better. This is the first sign that not everyone is getting better."