Life Expectancy Declines Markedly For Uneducated White Americans

PCHS Students 1Stay in school kids! Sabrina Tavernese reports on some shocking new stats for the New York Times:

For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents. But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country’s least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990.

Researchers have long documented that the most educated Americans were making the biggest gains in life expectancy, but now they say mortality data show that life spans for some of the least educated Americans are actually contracting. Four studies in recent years identified modest declines, but a new one that looks separately at Americans lacking a high school diploma found disturbingly sharp drops in life expectancy for whites in this group. Experts not involved in the new research said its findings were persuasive.

The reasons for the decline remain unclear, but researchers offered possible explanations, including a spike in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance.

The steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma, who lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008, said S. Jay Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead investigator on the study, published last month in Health Affairs. By 2008, life expectancy for black women without a high school diploma had surpassed that of white women of the same education level, the study found.

White men lacking a high school diploma lost three years of life…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    actually the data shows that poverty, and a bad diet due to poverty, kills you faster

    a real education would prepare the poor
    to live in America without regular jobs or a regular income

    instead it prepares everyone for a non-existent office job
    while filling their heads with useless psyop bullshit

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    actually the data shows that poverty, and a bad diet due to poverty, kills you faster

    a real education would prepare the poor
    to live in America without regular jobs or a regular income

    instead it prepares everyone for a non-existent office job
    while filling their heads with useless psyop bullshit

    • Gergith

      nothing like being groomed to be a homogeneous consumer/citizen/product that the state/corporations can manage! What did society every do without the schooling system…. I mean, they couldn’t have invented ANYTHING of meaning without our modern education system.. You know… like charting the stars with rocks… (Can’t even tell if I’m being sarcastic at this time! :p)

      • http://www.facebook.com/eric.fischer.73 Eric Fischer

        “What did society every do without the schooling system…. I mean, they couldn’t have invented ANYTHING of meaning without our modern education system.. You know… like charting the stars with rocks…”Fucking brilliant.

  • TapMeYouFascists

    We live in the age of information. Ignorance is a choice. Good riddance, useless eaters.

    • Andrew

      “Useless,” eh?  To whom are you useful?

      • ioksototeaterofsouls

        Funny how guys like TapMe go quiet when you ask them that question. His response is more due to sublimated anxiety surrounding his own perceived uselessness I’ll bet. The folks “tapping” him is his boss at his low paying job and the thing being tapped is his ass.

        • TapMeYouFascists

          We are all impudent before the vastness of the universe. Even to the vial culture most lend their daily lives to; we are insubstantial as individuals. We are often inadequate to tasks of rectifying even minor injustices of specific cases of police brutality, let alone major problems like corporate control of government.

          Actually, I’m a gentleman farmer. I do indeed grapple with the bewilderment accompanying the knowledge of the limits of my capacities. Can anyone look into a clear country sky at night and not sense that?

          But yeah, I think I might have been trolling while high again. I don’t remember.

          • Matt Staggs

            Heh, okay. I was about to say that “good riddance, useless eaters” sounded a little close to some kind of racial hygiene pogrom. Doesn’t really “sound” you.

          • Matt Staggs

            Heh, okay. I was about to say that “good riddance, useless eaters” sounded a little close to some kind of racial hygiene pogrom. Doesn’t really “sound” you.

      • TapMeYouFascists

        I take my responsibilities seriously. I like to think that I am of use to my community; both human and ecological. To the heritage animals I keep, I like to think I do a service to their breed. I care for my family and support my friends.

        And yes, there are people who are absolutely fucking useless. They eat a lot of processed grain and have lots of fucking kids. They value nothing except the Exculted Whores of Babylon. They are an abomination to balance on this Earth and Gaia will dispatch them, and probly the rest of us too, shortly.

        • Andrew

          Good riddance, useful shitters.

        • Andrew

          Good riddance, useful shitters.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Not when it’s en-cultured in you your whole life.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Not when it’s en-cultured in you your whole life.

      • TapMeYouFascists

         Just because they make it the easiest option, doesn’t mean it’s not a choice.

        • Andrew

          We all have choices, but we don’t all have the same choices.  We live in the age of DISinformation.

    • Oh god

      seems like you are getting the wrong information. when they say educated they really mean indoctrinated you a-hole. There are many useful people who never completed schooling, some people are also born with talent. When I die, I am going to come back and haunt dumb, lower than the lowest animal fools like yourself. I can’t believe brainless sacks of excrement like this dood feel people want to hear their crude one liners. If you are educated, who ever instructed you must have been painting their nails the whole time. Just more propaganda, at least fools like this show people that have any potential what not to be like. I fear it is true, most people are not conscious of themselves and the world and are running on auto pilot with outdated firmware. If you lived next to me I would hack your internet browser, gain access to your computer and turn up the clock speed to make overheat making sure you never waste time online ever.  

  • Ted Heistman

    All this means is that educated white Americans and uneducated white Americans live in different cultures. College won’t make you live longer.

    Uneducated white people have poorer diets, first of all and often bad teeth and their bodies get all screwed up from manual labor, then they get on disability become less active, continue to eat a poor diet and usually smoke and then get diabetes, which leads to heart disease cancer etc.

    There are different class cues that people go on, like the use of double negatives, teeth, manners, dress. These are separate populations. You can be broke and without a degree and follow these cues and be accepted by educated white Americans.