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An Epidemic of Obesity Myths
The Authors

No one familiar with the study’s authors would be surprised by their conclusions. Olshansky tops the list of the nation’s life-expectancy naysayers. Dr. Richard Suzman, associate director of the Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging, told the Knight-Ridder newswire: "Olshansky’s position [on decreasing life expectancy] is a minority perspective in demography."

Dr. Vaupel added, "There is a small chance—less than one in 100—that Olshansky’s prediction of declining life expectancy might possibly prove correct."