Earlier today, I posted a couple of maps about a new study of life expectancy trends from 1987 to 2007.
Here I’m reposting those two maps along with a county-by-county map of obesity rates in 2007, according to the CDC. There obviously could be all sorts of other issues in play, but there often is a strong correlation between higher obesity rates in a county and the sluggish growth or even decline in life expectancy in that county. Again, that doesn’t mean we can draw a causal connection. [UPDATE: I’m also adding a poverty map.]
Take a look.
And county by county poverty: