Declining life expectancy does not generally indicate that things in a society are getting better. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
For the first time in two decades, according to a new study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the life expectancy of the average American declined in 2015. Of course, with America’s obesity epidemic spiraling out of control it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the occurrence of deaths related to America’s number 1 killer, heart disease, is on the rise (see “FatLivesMatter: At Least 1 Out Of Every 5 People Are Obese In All 50 States”).
While the life expectancy rate ticked down only marginally to 78.8 versus 78.9 in 2014, the fact that it reversed course from a multi-decade rise is “a big deal” according to Philip Morgan, a demographer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Per NPR:
So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.
“This is a big deal,” says Philip Morgan, a demographer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who was not involved in the new analysis.
“There’s not a better indicator of well-being than life expectancy,” he says. “The fact that it’s leveling off in the U.S. is a striking finding.”
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