For as long
as history can remember, human beings have been trying to find ways
to live longer lives. Medical science and modern technology have helped
to prolong the average lifespan to more than double what it was just
in the last century, but there will always be demand for ways to increase
it further. Sure, people may have unhealthy habits and use substances
that are detrimental to long-term longevity, but on the average, most
people live longer now than they did before. However, recent studies
are starting to suggest that average human longevity may stop increasing
soon, with the potential of actually stopping at some point. This, according
to experts, is particularly true in the United States, where the average
lifespan is expected to drop.
is the startlingly high mortality rate for infants within the US. A
large number of babies are born in urban slum or country hollow areas,
where the care that they can receive can be primitive in most cases.
The lack of care and the large-scale lack of access to proper medical
care essentially kills the children, causing America to have the second
steepest morality rate for newborns among developed nations. While the
situation has been improving since 2005, the US is still far behind
many countries in improving the infant survival rate, including Cuba.
factor in the decline of longevity in the average US population is tied
to obesity, particularly among children and adults. The multibillion
dollar economic and political clout that can be mustered by the industries
that contribute to the problem makes it highly unlikely that this problem
will go away soon. Fast foods, sugared drinks, and countless other products
regularly receive blame for contributing to the overall tendency of
people to become overweight or obese, and there is no sign of the industries
and companies behind these products slowing down any time soon.