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New Health Study Shows Western Europeans Live Longer Than Americans

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) —A new study released Thursday by the University of Southern California, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the RAND corp. states on average, Americans live about a year-and-a-half less than Western Europeans because of higher levels of obesity rates.

The study, which appears in the July issue of Social Science & Medicine, also indicated Americans live less than the residents of most other developed nations.

Researchers found that the life-expectancy disparity — which begins around the age of 50 stems from higher levels of middle-age obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes.

The study calculates the fiscal consequences of the growing life-expectancy gap over the next few decades.

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