Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Life Expectancy Not So Great in Tennessee

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A Columbia University economist has released a new study detailing the increase in life expectancy, by state, from 1991 to 2004. New Yorkers gained the most, adding another 4.3 years to their life expectancy over the decade.

Tennesseans did not fare so well. Our home state, where more than half the population has a body mass index over 25, only showed an increase of .8 years, putting the residents’ life expectancy at an average 75.2.

Even worse, Oklahomans came in last, gaining only 0.3 years over the 13-year period. But that put their life expectancy at 75.4 years, which, you may notice, is 0.2 years higher than ours.

Read it and weep, fatty.

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