Report: Women's Life Span Increases Slowing

Preventable deaths—from smoking, obesity, alcohol useare behind the number

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Ladies, the guys are gaining on us. Seriously, it’s time to quit smoking, boozing and getting fat.

A new report out of the University of Washington finds the life spans of American men are increasing at a faster rate than women's, and that women’s life spans are actually shorter in some counties now than they were two decades ago, USA Today reports.

Why? According to the newspaper, the change is due to “preventable causes of death, including tobacco, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and alcohol.”

The report says that life expectancy for American men rose an average 4.6 years from 1989 to 2009, with the increase at 2.7 years for women, USA Today adds, noting that in the United States the average life span for a woman now is 86, and for a man, 81.6 years.

“A gain in life expectancy should be equal among men and women,” lead researcher Ali Mokdad tells the newspaper. “This is a wake-up call for all of us. It's tragic that in a country as wealthy as the United States, and with all the medical expertise we have, that so many girls will live shorter lives than their mothers.”

Did you need more motivation that that to start a new health kick?

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