U.S. Adults Live Longer--With Chronic Ills, Less Coverage
Washington Post (05/21/02) p.HE1; Simmons, Melody

Results from an AARP study show that the life spans of Americans over the age of 50 are longer than previous generations, but their quality of life is diminishing, as many struggle with obesity and chronic health conditions. Of the 41 million Americans between the ages of 50 to 64 in 1999, 5.6 million, or 14 percent were uninsured; within this group, 27 percent were obese, up from 14 percent in 1982.

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