INTERESTING: Near Bottom In Life Expectancy

US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World
via Slashdot by Soulskill on 1/11/13

Hugh Pickens writes “Louise Radnofsky reports that a study by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine has found U.S. life expectancy ranks near the bottom of 17 affluent countries. The U.S. is at or near the bottom in nine key areas of health: infant mortality and low birth weight; injuries and homicides; teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections; prevalence of HIV and AIDS; drug-related deaths; obesity and diabetes; heart disease; chronic lung disease; and disability. Americans fare worse than people in other countries even when the analysis is limited to non-Hispanic whites and people with relatively high incomes and health insurance, nonsmokers, or people who are not obese. The report notes that average life expectancy for American men, at 75.6 years, was the lowest among the 17 countries and almost four years shorter than for Switzerland, the best-performing nation. American women’s average life expectancy is 80.8 years, the second-lowest among the countries and five years shorter than Japan’s, which had the highest expectancy. ‘The [U.S.] health disadvantage is pervasive — it affects all age groups up to age 75 and is observed for multiple diseases, biological and behavioral risk factors, and injuries,’ say the report’s authors.

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While we argue about trivialities, “we” are killing ourselves.

Maybe the King of Bhutan has the right idea — establishing “happiness” as a national priority?

“We” certainly don’t have any priorities.

Abortions killing innocents for convenience. Mental patients dumped on the city streets. And, politicians turning future generations into slaves of an unpayable national debt.

Argh! 

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One Response to INTERESTING: Near Bottom In Life Expectancy

  1. “American women’s average life expectancy is 80.8 years, the second-lowest among the countries and five years shorter than Japan’s, which had the highest expectancy.”

    Interesting. Particularly since those long-lived Japanese women are exposed to about 300% as much secondhand smoke from their husbands.

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