Report: America’s Falling Life Expectancy Has Not Affected Black Women & Latinos
By, Jen Nicole
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If you didn’t know, in December a report found that, for the first time since 1993, life expectancy for Americans fell, from from 78.9 years to 78.8 years with Black men, white men, and white women but NOT with Black women and Latinos. Curious to know why?
Well The Black Women’s Health Imperative believes that black women are taking responsibility for their health in a more holistic way;
“The data show that the majority of us know that we need to improve and are working on it. We also understand the importance of having a positive attitude. When black women are asked to define what good health means, we say things such as ‘being calm’ or ‘being at peace.’ We don’t use diseases to define it. We don’t let a condition like obesity define who we are, even though we work on getting into shape.”
The report indicated that black women tend to be less sedentary than other groups.
“Whether it’s because of a lack of transportation or a determined effort to get exercise, black women tend to walk a lot,” Blount said. “We are on the move more than most.”
More good news for us ladies of color:
“The report, which is based on 20 years of research by Boston University, also found that more black women are talking with their daughters, nieces and granddaughters about the risks of unprotected sex. That and other programs focusing on teenage girls have resulted in a dramatic drop in teen pregnancy and infant mortality.”- blackgirllonghair.com
Very interesting and good to know! What do you think about all of this?