The life expectancy of white, female high school dropouts has dropped markedly over the past 20 years, according to researchers in population, human longevity and public health. Poor, undereducated, white American women can now expect to die five years earlier than the generation before them.
Monica Potts has written an eye-opening article in
The American Prospect, called “What’s Killing Poor White Women?” in which she pulled together the research that has social scientists scrambling to find answers.
Obesity, diabetes, dead-end jobs, low wages, alcohol, drugs such as OxyContin and meth, and bad marriage partners are all being suggested as stress factors.