U.S. life expectancy shorter than in Europe and Japan

January 25, 2011 2:14:31 PM PST
According to the National Research Council, life expectancy in America is now a few years shorter than parts of Europe and Japan.

The new report blames it on smoking and obesity.

And that may sound odd considering that public smoking is being stamped out here.

But, Americans began lighting up and fattening up years ahead of similar high income countries.

U.S. seems to be feeling the long term consequences first.

Still, thanks to the decline in smoking over the last 20 years, life expectancy for men is expected start catching up soon.

The improvement will be a little slower for women.

Right now the estimate has U.S. women living close to 81 years and for men it's a little over 75 years.