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CDC- Americans living longer

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Los Angeles Times

Americans are living longer than ever before and infant mortality is at a record low, according to a new report on the state of the nation's health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For instance, the average life expectancy at birth is now nearly 77 years, up from 47 a century ago. Today, the life expectancy is 74 years for men and nearly 80 for women, according to preliminary numbers.

The nation is also heftier than it was before the late 1970s. About 60 percent of adult Americans are overweight, as are 13 percent of children ages 6 to 11, according to early data.

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