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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2003

Why Women Bury Men: The Longevity Gap in Canada

Barbara Murphy. Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc., 2002; 143 pp; paper $17.95 CA.
Because they live, on average, six years longer than men, most women will spend the last years of their lives alone. Biologically, women are the stronger sex, but the six-year difference in longevity has less to do with biology than with lifestyle. Why Women Bury Men looks at the risk factors for the leading causes of death in Canada - smoking, heavy drinking, over-eating and careless driving - and finds men are over-represented. Socialized to be risk-takers, men make lifestyle choices that lead to premature death and take away precious years of active life gained with each new generation.
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