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Why Europeans Live Longer Than Americans
Car crashes are among the leading causes of death that cause the average American lifespan to be shorter than those of other developed nations, a news study finds. Image Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images
There’s no way around it: Americans just don’t live as long as those in other developed nations.
A new study, lead by Andrew Fenelon of the CDC and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that the average American lifespan (76.4 and 81.2 years for men and women, respectively) is 2.2 years shorter than that of several European countries and Japan, among others.
“The idea that Americans live several years shorter than we would expect them to, given the level of development, is sort of already known,” Fenelon said, “but every time I come across that number it seems staggering that we get two fewer years of life just for living here.”
The chief culprits behind Americans’ shorter lifespans? Sadly, unsurprisingly, that list is topped by drug poisonings, gun-related fatalities, and motor vehicle crashes.
Read more at CNN.