X-Message-Number: 20084
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 19:10:25 -0700
From: James Swayze <>
Subject: Living longer... butt :)

We're Living Longer...BUT (Big But, Too)

By Cathryn Conroy,
Netscape News Editor

Here's the good news Americans are living longer than ever before as the infant
mortality rate has dropped to a record low and life expectancy has hit a record
high--74 years old for men and almost 80 years old for women. But.  Or maybe
that should be "butt" as in "big butt." We're also overweight and lazy and we
spend more on health care than any other country in the world, according to a
new report by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention. Here are the specifics, as summarized by Reuters

Be a LOSER!  Check out Hollywood's most popular diets and find out why the stars
are addicted to them.

--The infant mortality rate (birth to age 1) dropped to a record low of 6.9
deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000. --For those 1 to 24 years old, mortality

has declined due to fewer unintentional deaths and a decline in cancer and heart

disease. --The risk of death is lowered for those 25 to 64 because they are less
likely to die in accidents, as well as from heart disease and stroke. --For
those 65 and over, death rates from heart disease and stroke have lessened,
which has increased the average number of years Americans can expect to live.

We're living longer because we have better medical care, we're smoking less,

cars are safer, and more women receive prenatal care early in the pregnancy. But
we're gaining weight and not exercising--with the result that 61 percent of
American adults are overweight and 27 percent are obese, while 13 percent of
kids are overweight.

Here's the BEST exercise you can do.
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So, one wonders how much longer the life span could be if people slimmed down to
an even healthier weight? The high cost of health care, much argued over, would
diminish greatly if the gluttony would stop. Would that people could be shamed
into it on the grounds their gluttony pushes proper medical care out of the

reach of the working poor. Welfare costs would also reduce and so to perhaps the
complaints about it that often catch up the deserving with the undeserving.

Cryonics Institute of Michigan Member!
The Immortalist Society Member!
The Society for Venturism Member!

MY WEBSITE: http://www.geocities.com/~davidpascal/swayze/ While there follow the
links to photos of me and some of my artwork and a radio interview on Dr.  J's
ChangeSurfer Radio program with me and the father of cryonics Prof.  Robert
Ettinger, author of "The Prospect of Immortality".
A RELIGION I actually recommend:
A FAVORITE quote: Last lines of the first Star Trek the Next Generation movie.
Capt.  Picard: "What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived,
after all Number One, we're only mortal."
Will Ryker: "Speak for yourself captain, I intend to live forever!"

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