ONE NATION UNDER STRESS, Investigating the Historic Decline in American Life Expectancy, Debuts March 25 on HBO
In the 1960s, Americans had among the highest life expectancy in the world. Today, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of major developed nations. From acclaimed directors-producers Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s “Class Divide,” “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island” and “Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags”) and neurosurgeon and Emmy®-winning CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, ONE NATION UNDER STRESS examines the reasons for this historic decline when it debuts MONDAY, MARCH 25 (9:00–10:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
Despite spending more on healthcare than any other country, Americans’ life expectancy is decreasing. In ONE NATION UNDER STRESS, neurosurgeon and investigative journalist Dr. Sanjay Gupta sets out to discover what is happening and why. His starting point is trying to understand the spike in so-called “deaths of despair” — opioid overdose, alcohol-related liver cirrhosis and suicide — primarily among middle-age, white working-class people.
Gupta travels across the country, interviewing experts in a wide range of fields, who share their insights on why we’re experiencing so much stress, how it affects the brain, body and behavior, and the long-term consequences for the health of the nation. He also speaks candidly with Americans struggling with their own stress-related ailments and those who have lost loved ones to deaths of despair, particularly in communities facing economic and social instability.