Life expectancy has shrunk by 4 years since the 1990s for less educated whites in the United States, according to the New York Times. The reasons may be due to lack of health insurance, smoking, drug use and obesity. Women have lost 5 years and men 3 years.
For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents. But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country’s least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990.