Wealthier American Live LongerYesterday I wrote about how Americans in some parts of the country live for 82 years, while in other parts only live for about 62 years, if you need a refresher check out my post here. Today I plan on overlaying life expectancy statistics with those of other factors such as income and obesity. I will start by showing the change in life expectancy over time.
|1985 Life Expectancy|
|2010 Life Expectancy|
Obesity statistics are not as widely available for the whole country dating back to 1985, but even the following map from 2010 should be telling.
|American Obesity by County 2010|
Finally let's examine income. This map is from 2008 and shows median income by county. I think you will notice a trend here.
|2008 Median Income by County|
Once again it appears clear that there is an almost direct relationship between higher incomes and longer life. Almost all of the counties with life expectancies below 70 in the United States fall below average on the median income scale.
One way to tie all of this together is the fact that it is much cheaper to buy unhealthy food than healthy food. People living on lower incomes are more likely to eat cheaper and thus less healthy which in turn can correlate with a spike in obesity. If you want to learn more about obesity and food access, check out this link.
To continue this series on health, I will further investigate medical costs and differences within healthcare itself and report back tomorrow with more information.