For American Seniors, Obesity is the New Smoking

For American Seniors, Obesity is the New Smoking

Life expectancy in the U.S. is strangely lagging behind other industrialized nations — and researchers at Boston College set out to discover the reason. The answer? Being fat is the new smoking, according to new research from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. In prior decades, life expectancy at age 65 in the U.S. had been lagging behind other high-income countries, particularly for women. “Going forward, smoking is no longer a major contributor to the life-expectancy gap; the real challenge is curbing obesity,” the researchers found. Many American men and women who stopped smoking after 1990, and with a 20-...

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