I’ve read several stories on the new US life expectancy data. The quick story?
- Life expectancy for white females born in 2007: 80.7 years
- Life expectancy for white males born in 2007: 75.8 years
- Life expectancy for black females born in 2007: 77 years
- Life expectancy for black males born in 2007: 70.2 years
- Overall life expectancy for babies born in 2007: 77.9 years
Now, what do you think the headlines are?
“African-American Men to Live 70 Years”? It is the first time the black male life expectancy has been above 70.
“Life Expectancy Still Shows Racial Discrepencies”? The life expectency for black men still lags behind white men by 5.6 years; black women are nearly 4 years behind white women.
“U.S. Life Expectancy Still Lags”? I mean, we do. According to the NY Times, “14 countries in 2007 had life expectancies of at least 81 years, including Japan (83), Australia and Italy (82) and France, Israel, Singapore and Spain (81).” (All of which have universal health care. Ahem.)
Nope…. It’s all variations on “US Life Expectancy At All-Time High”. Not sure why the media decided that’s the most important point, but then, we’re dealing with media logic here. At least they don’t try to point out how much higher it would be if everyone wasn’t so fat.
(Oops, spoke too soon. Fox News now has a “The Truth About” article which claims that obesity will bring down our life expectancies any day now really.)
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