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GLEN MERZER: Pam, how would you characterize the overall state of the health of Americans as a population? How sick are we?

PAM POPPER: Very sick and very overweight. It’s far worse than most people believe.

GM: But aren’t we living longer than before?

PP: We’re not living longer in good health; we’re living fractionally longer with diseases that compromise our quality of life and that cost us a fortune. We’re living longer with diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s, which are both seeing explosive growth in the number of diagnoses. And, in fact, we’re not living that long at all; we’re around thirty-sixth among nations on the longevity charts, tied with ...

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