Obesity Threatens Life Expectancy


In a contraversial study, scientists are predicting that rising obesity rates might cut lifespans by two to five years. Such a development would mark the first decline in life expectancy in the US since figures began to be kept in 1900. In 2003 the life expectancy reached an all time high of 77.6 years.

Rising levels of obesity among the young puts them at risk to be the first generation to live shorter and less healthy lives than those of their parents. Of particular concern are minority groups which show high levels of of obesity and have less access to medical care on the whole. One doctor described the threat of obesity as a "massive tsunami headed for the shoreline."

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