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A new study has found that the life expectancy of Black women are longer than everyone else’s. According to the CDC,

While the life expectancies are lower for White men, women and Black men, Black and Hispanic women are maintaining the average at 78 years. The Albuquerque Journal said that these results might be surprising considering “Black women are disproportionately overweight, overworked, overlooked and underpaid, you’d think they would be on the verge of extinction.”

Linda Goler Blount, president of and chief executive of Black Women’s Health Imperative, a D.C. based national health advocacy nonprofit, said about the study results, “What we are seeing is that the message about the importance of health is getting through to black women. The data show that the majority of us know that we need to improve and are working on it. We also understand the importance of having a positive attitude. When black women are asked to define what good health means, we say things such as ‘being calm’ or ‘being at peace.’ We don’t use diseases to define it. We don’t let a condition like obesity define who we are, even though we work on getting into shape.”

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