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U.S. Lags in Life Expectancy Gains

The U.S. is failing the ultimate test of its health care system -- a new study finds that the nation trails other developed countries in life expectancy gains.

Despite high health care spending, the overall mental and physical wellness of Americans is relatively poor. Americans are also among the most sedentary people.

According to Science News:

"With the exception of Japan, the obesity epidemic extends throughout the developed world. The United States leads the pack there ... And while the risks of obesity show up in the form of diabetes, stroke and heart disease, the true repercussions of obesity and a sedentary lifestyle in the United States might not yet be apparent".

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