Not a topic about religion or atheism.  cbsnews. 

 A recently published study in the journal found that life expectancy for women fell significantly in 702 of the nation's more than 3,100 counties. For men, life expectancy dropped in 251 counties. In 158 counties, life expectancy dropped for both men and women.

The largest declines - by nearly two years - were in Mississippi's Madison County, near Jackson, and eastern Oklahoma's Hughes and Okfuskee Counties, for women. Kentucky's Perry County in Appalachia and Mississippi's Madison had the biggest drops for men.

the study is published here.  populationhealthmetrics.

"Conclusions:  The US has extremely large geographic and racial disparities, with some communities having life expectancies already well   behind those of the best-performing nations. At the same time, relative performance for most communities continues to drop.   Efforts to address these issues will need to tackle the leading preventable causes of death."


It would be interesting to juxtappose maps of life expectancy vs. maps of education, religion, and political demographics.  My personal bias is that the areas with lower life expectancy would be more christian, more segregated, and less educated - but maybe that's just bias and not founded on reality.


I hear and see every day how lives are getting harder, people are either without jobs or working themselves to death, employers are becoming more harsh, and people are more desparate.  Many houses around my average working class neighborhood are empty.  Life expectancy is one more place where things are getting harder.


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When the best thing in your life is a Big Mac (often through no fault of your own), you tend to eat them. 


When the state of Mississippi treats you like a dog because you're colored, underfunds your prenatal care, underfunds your schools, and denies you employment because you're colored (and, as we ALL know, racism is dead in the U.S), you're liable to make some poor choices.


Even in rich states, health education is considered a waste of time and money because it isn't tested in our now test-mad educational systems.  Reading and math, reading and math.

here are some mapsof the life expectancy data.


here is a map of religion in the US





election map 2004


election map 2008


Ancestry USA by county


I couldnt get the maps to download and resize so this is the best I could do. 

Here's a map of poverty rates:


High School graduation rates:





I overlapped the map of religious adherence with the election, poverty, and graduation rate maps in photoshop and switched back and forth between each one.  I can't really find any consistent correlation between religiosity and political party, poverty rate, and education, except that Mormons seem to have high graduation rates and low poverty rates.  Democrats in the south seem to have higher poverty rates and lower life expectancies.  They are also less religious than the Republican areas of their states.


Iowa and southern Minnesota are very religious, but have high graduation rates and low poverty and are pretty mixed politically.


It is interesting that the Appalachian area of Kentucky is very impoverished, but apparently not very religious.  I wonder what qualifies a person as a "religious adherent".  Belief in a deity?  Going to church?

I've heard that the reason the life expectany in the US has gone down is because everyone's lazy and unhealthy nowdays, but I don't know for sure. It makes sense, though.

  The two states I can think of which always come up short on the health studies are Mississippi and West Virginia.  They also come up short in income, education, etc, etc.  If it's a study on something bad, poor old Mississippi and WV come in as the very worse - except for crime.  WV has a very low crime rate. 


Poverty can cause lack of access to health care or adequate health care.  If things can be treated early on or prevented, then a person will live longer.  Plenty of people die of things that are completely curable due to lack of health care.  For example, I knew two ladies who both got uterine cancer at about the same time in the 1970s.  One only had Medicare which would only pay for morphine for her pain.  She died rather quickly and painfully.  The other had excellent health care, got all sorts of treatment and lived well past 90.  If a person has health care, they're going to get that open heart surgery and live while the person without it is out of luck - they're going to die. 


The better access to health care the longer people live - regardless of their personal habits.  Some people live a very long time with very bad personal habits, because they can afford the doctors and medications to keep them going when someone else just dies. 

I find it interesting that the lower Mississippi river basin is kind of nonreligious on the map, but very republican and short lived.  That observation may not mean anything, but I was surprised at the decreased amount of religious adherence there.  Further away from the river, religious adherence increases.   Now to see if I can find a map of MacDonalds for additional research on this topic....


Oh, here's one.  Why are so many of these statistical maps of the US from UK?  Are they planning to invade?  Find America's soft fast food underbelly where people are laying around sated on french fries, and strike our weakest place?


Here's another fast food map.  Still no correlation.  Damn.

Well, that doesnt correlate with the other maps, so I'll have to keep looking.

I think the religion map is misleading, because I lived in WV for 15 years and I know that place and eastern Kentucky are steeped in the blood.   The areas they are showing as low in religion in WV and KY are also very low in population.  Also, these areas are very backwoodsy and quite suspicious of outsiders.  They might answer any kind of census taker or researcher with a shotgun.  I learned every early on the hollers are just as dangerous as the "hood" in any major city.  I do not think the religion map is a good representation of actual rates of religious adherence in Appalachia.
I have to agree with everything you said. Houses aren't selling in my area (Louisiana). I guess people are scared. Prices are dropping. I've also been asked for money alot more recently. One guy is drawing pictures and trying to sell them. He is no artist, but atleast he's offering something in exchange for money. I told one girl that i don't carry cash, and she said that i could use my debit card! My mom's husband has a camp ground in one of the poorest parishes. There's lots of government assistance, and overweight people. A friend of his has a son who lives in a broken down trailer in the woods, and refuses to stop eating. He hardly gets out anymore, and probably weighs around 400 now. If you try to mention anything about diet and nutrition, you will be in for a fight. So, i have seen everything you have mentioned. No shortage of churches in that area either.
compared to potato chips, broccoli is expensive.  So are greens beans, asparagus, and kale.




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