- White female high school drop-outs lived to 78.5 years in 1990, 73.5 years in 2008
- Females who finished college lived for 83.9 years, males for 80.4
- White males who didn’t finish high school reached 70.5 years in 1990 and 67.5 2008
- Black and Latino life expectancy rose, regardless of education
- The average Latin American life expectancy rose 45 years from 29 in 1900, to 74 in 2010
- American women are now 41st in the world life expectancy league table
- They were 14th in 1985
Poor white Americans are seeing their life expectancy decrease in trend that is close to what happened during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Researchers have found that white women who did not finish high school saw the steepest decline and lost five years of their lives between 1990 and 2008.
White men with a similar education died three years earlier than they should have over the same period.
Black and Latino men and women, however, all saw their life expectancy rise.
A similar study, presented by the Pan American Health Organization, found that the average life expectancy in Latin America has risen from 29 years in 1900 to 74 years in 2010, Fox News Latino reported.
The researchers were appalled that in the US, the richest country in the world, people were living shorter lives and said the findings were ‘deeply troubling’.