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U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health

 
 
Reply Thu 10 Jan, 2013 08:10 am
From the NYT
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Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States.
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The findings were stark. Deaths before age 50 accounted for about two-thirds of the difference in life expectancy between males in the United States and their counterparts in 16 other developed countries, and about one-third of the difference for females. The countries in the analysis included Canada, Japan, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.
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Panelists were surprised at just how consistently Americans ended up at the bottom of the rankings. The United States had the second-highest death rate from the most common form of heart disease, the kind that causes heart attacks, and the second-highest death rate from lung disease, a legacy of high smoking rates in past decades. American adults also have the highest diabetes rates.

Youths fared no better. The United States has the highest infant mortality rate among these countries, and its young people have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and deaths from car crashes. Americans lose more years of life before age 50 to alcohol and drug abuse than people in any of the other countries.

Americans also had the lowest probability over all of surviving to the age of 50. The report’s second chapter details health indicators for youths where the United States ranks near or at the bottom. There are so many that the list takes up four pages. Chronic diseases, including heart disease, also played a role for people under 50.
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Link to quoted Report (Report Brief)3
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 10 Jan, 2013 09:12 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I wonder if a population's health is directly proportional to the number of "fast food" establishments within driving distance.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 10 Jan, 2013 10:02 am
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:

I wonder if a population's health is directly proportional to the number of "fast food" establishments within driving distance.


is there a positive correlation between fast food and

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sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and deaths from car crashes
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 10 Jan, 2013 02:45 pm
Most processed foods in our grocery stores does not differ that much from fast foods at McDonalds.
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amygarside
 
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Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2013 02:46 am
@Walter Hinteler,
This is very informative.
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