Study Says Blacks In The South Have Lowest Life Expectancy
1 year ago
Southeast has most counties where 30 percent of the population is overweight
What you really know about the Dirty South? Well, one thing to know is that if you are black and male, age 70 doesn't look like it's in your future.
According to a study done by Plos One, Americans’ life expectancy varies widely based on region and race, especially in the South.
The Southeast already has the highest concentration of counties where at least 30 percent of the population is overweight.
Plos One's study says that only 45 percent of black men would be expected to survive to age 70 in the least healthy counties, as 68 percent would live that long in the most healthy counties.
Those numbers may not sound so bad when they stand alone, but when compared to their white counterparts, it shows that black men have got to change something.
White men in the same "healthy counties" had a 77 percent chance of living to age 70, while the ones in the "least healthy counties" had a 61 percent chance of hitting the big 7-0.
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