Thursday, March 8, 2007

Healthier Than Thou?

It sometimes seems to me that people used to be healthier than they are today. Earlier generations seem to have lived longer than current generations. My grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived well into their nineties. This article talks about whether people today are less healthy than were people from previous generations. It says, “Americans in their early to mid-50s today report poorer health, more pain and more trouble doing everyday physical tasks than their older peers reported at the same age in years past.” That’s pretty enlightening. We are led to believe that our health care system is great, people are living longer, life is better, and yet a report like this seems to cast doubt on all that. We’re doing some things right in this country, but I daresay we’re doing some things wrong. Otherwise our citizens wouldn’t be in pain and poor health.

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