An alarming new report has bad news for white women.
White women are dying younger than before, a new government report is claiming.
The life expectancy for white women declined five weeks in 2014 compared to 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released on April 20.
Life expectancy remained constant for black women and white men, and it increased for black men and Hispanics of both genders.
The life expectancy for all Americans born in 2014 is 78 years and 9 1/2 months, which is the same for the previous two years.
A white girl born in 2014 would still be expected to beat that average life expectancy, reaching 81 years and 1 month on average, but that’s five weeks shorter than before. It’s the first time there was a decline since 2008.
It could be a blip that no one should be concerned about, but it could also be a sign of problems, although researchers won’t know until they see more data.
“The trend in life expectancy at birth has been one of improvement since national estimates were first published with 1900 data,” the CDC said in its summary. “However, life expectancy remained constant for years 2012–2014 and declined for non-Hispanic white females by 0.1 years between 2013 and 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, non-Hispanic black males experienced the greatest increase (0.4 years) in life expectancy at birth, followed by Hispanic females (0.2 years) and Hispanic males (0.1 years). Life expectancy at birth remained unchanged for non-Hispanic white males (76.5 years) and non-Hispanic black females (78.1 years). Life expectancy at age 65 increased for both males and females of the three population groups.”