Obion County among those with lower life expectancy
Scientists have been saying for the first time in the modern era young people will not live as long (or have the quality of life) their parents and grandparents experienced. The bad news is that the trend has already begun.
Life expectancy has been increasing in the United States but data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Census Bureau reveals a reversal in this trend.
In 180 counties nationwide, there was a significant decrease in life expectancy. Of these 180 counties nationwide, 21 are in Tennessee. The decrease in life expectancy has been greatest among women, but men are also experiencing decline. Another 783 counties showed a trend in decreased life expectancy but the trend was not statistically significant. The years studied were from 1983 to 1999.
The 21 Tennessee counties identified included Obion, Bledsoe, Carroll, Chester, Fen-tress, Grundy, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Jefferson, Lake, Mad-ison, McNairy, Monroe, Overton, Polk, Robertson, Sequatchie, Sevier, VanBuren anad White.
Editor’s note: This information was published in April in the Public Library of Science Medicine, a publication of the National Health Institute.
Published in The Messenger 5.6.08