Study: Smoking, Obesity Lowers Life Expectancy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation yet has worse life expectancy than many -- and a new report blames smoking and obesity.
Americans began lighting up and fattening up years ahead of similar high-income countries. While other countries eventually did, too, the National Research Council says the U.S. felt the long-term consequences first. Tuesday's report says that explains a two- to five-year shortfall in U.S. lifespans compared to parts of Europe and Japan.
But thanks to the decline in smoking, the life expectancy of U.S. men is expected to start catching up soon.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    Sorry but while this is most likely true there are exceptions to every rule. Both my parents drank smoke and were diabetic. They both lived into their 90's. Think my odds are about 50/50.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    How much money did our government spend to figure this out?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    all the reports about SMOKING.How bad ect.Please tell me why the government just don't shut down the tobacco companies. Sure they would loose thousands they collect every yr in taxes.Look at all the people that would be out of work.But just think how many would live longer healthier lives.All those people that could collect social security.gee think why the government continues to let tobacco products be made and sold.
  • by Jack Thunderclaps Location: Lansing on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    This news is shocking. Truly, truly shocking. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the "enhancers", "fillers", "saturated oils", preservative and addictive chemicals we legally allow food and tobacco producers (which are often one in the same) to add to both products. Good work AP. Glad we're devoting so much time and research into proving what is stunningly obvious to anyone rational, reasonable American.
  • by stan on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Come on, tell us something we don't all already know!
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