Jay Olshansky (Chicago) discusses declines in life expectancy for low-educated whites

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Jay Olshansky presents evidence that, contrary to historical trends, life spans are contracting for America's least-educated whites. Although the causes for the decline aren't clear, possible explanations include a spike in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance.

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"Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S." - New York Times. 9/20/2012.

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