A Group of Middle-Aged Whites in the U.S. Is Dying at a Startling Rate

via American Renaissance

The article keeps repeating over and over how shocking it is that White men between the ages of 45 and 54 have suddenly started dying off in large numbers.  They are so surprised, they say again and again, because they are such a privileged group! These racist elitists have no reason to off themselves through suicide and substance abuse, they claim.

Nevermind the fact that this group has suffered the greatest change in chronic unemployment, or underemployment. Their standard of living has consistently dropped in a society that doesn’t value them.

Plus, to follow the Strauss-and-Howe generational theory, that age group in 1999 was primarily baby boomers. By the 2013, Gen-X’ers dominated that group.  The cynical, self-abusing mindsets of X’ers probably contributes to more suicide and substance abuse.

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.

The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than a college education increased markedly between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and suicide, the researchers concluded. Before then, death rates for that group dropped steadily, and at a faster pace.

An increase in the mortality rate for any large demographic group in an advanced nation has been virtually unheard of in recent decades, with the exception of Russian men after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The rising death rate was accompanied by an increase in the rate of illness, the authors wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [. . .]

[. . .] While the death rate for African Americans is still greater than the rate for whites, the turnaround among whites is shocking because of the advantages they enjoy, said David Weir, director of the health and retirement study at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Typically, socioeconomic circumstances “gang up on African Americans, who have lower education, lower incomes and race all working against them,” said Weir, who also reviewed the study for the journal. “In this case, that’s not happening.” [. . .]

[. . .] “We both were sort of blown off our chairs when looking at that,” Deaton said. He said they knew that most demographers would look at the numbers and say, “ ‘You’ve got to have made a mistake. That cannot possibly be true.’ ”

When they pored over the data, however, they found that mortality rates for this group had risen an average of a half percent per year since 1999, after falling an average of 2 percent annually for the 20 years before that. If mortality rates group had stayed on their steady downward course, a half-million more people would be alive today, they determined.

When they looked at illness (morbidity), “there was a large and statistically significant decline in the fraction reporting excellent or very good health” that was matched by increased reports of physical pain, according to the study.

The proportion of people who said they were in “serious psychological distress” also rose significantly, the research shows.

Read more at the Washington Post

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  1. “gang up on African Americans, who have lower education, lower incomes and race all working against them,”

    AND race working against them, that’s unintentionally funny!

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