Congratulations! America Is Number One In Obesity, STDs And Dying Young

Congratulations! America Is Number One In Obesity, STDs And Dying Young
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

The United States loves to come out on top. According to a study, among wealthy, developed countries, the US is number one in obesity, dying young, and STDs.

But that’s not all America tops the charts with. We are also leading the way with the most injuries, homicides, teen pregnancies, drug abuse, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, disabilities, and infant mortality.

Doesn’t it feel so good to be number one? With all of these negative statistics, we have one more to add- Americans also spend an average of $8,600/person on healthcare.

This is more than double that of any other developed country like Sweden, Britain, or France- “even with their universal healthcare systems”. It gets worse the younger you go.

“It’s a tragedy. Our report found that an equally large, if not larger, disadvantage exists among younger Americans,” said Dr. Steven Woolf, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“The size of the health disadvantage was pretty stunning,” Woolf told reporters.

Where are we pointing the finger? At American culture.

“We have a culture in our country … that cherishes personal autonomy and wants to limit intrusion of government and other entities upon our personal lives,” Woolf says. “Some of those forces may act against the ability to achieve optimal health outcomes.”

“It’s clearly not pollution or some other outside factor,” said Ana Diez Roux, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, who also served on the panel. “It seems to be a whole bunch of things acting together,” she said.

“Something fundamentally is going wrong to cause our country to lose ground against other high-income countries,” Woolf added.

Oddly enough, Americans that are able to reach the age of 75 are likely to outlive those in other countries.

Paul Hudson | Elite. 

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Paul Hudson

A young writer, philosopher, and entrepreneur, Paul Hudson has been writing for Elite Daily nearly since the start. Currently located in Manhattan, Paul Hudson primarily devotes his time between writing for Elite Daily and the two entrepreneurial endeavors he is currently pursuing: a mining company in Turkey and a video content platform called lilHub. He loves sharing his life experiences with his readers and makes sure to practice what he preaches.

More In World

World Alexia LaFata

Couple Documents Love By Taking A Photo Booth Picture Every Year

A couple who took some fun photo booth pictures didn’t predict that it would lead to a new romantic tradition. Giles Paley-Phillips and Michelle, 36 and 32, from Seaford, East Sussex, England, have taken 13 couple photos so far. Each picture documents the changes their aging features have gone through over the years, and now, a […]

Also On Elite

Women

These Ads Perfectly Capture The ‘Madness’ Of Beauty Standards For Women (Photos)

There’s a new trend in ads targeting women: Instead of appealing to their shopping prowess in an attempt to get them to buy certain products, advertisers and brands are going more inspirational and empowering route to get women’s attention. First there was the “Sorry Not Sorry” ad reminding women to apologize less, followed by the […]

Humor

There’s No Un-Seeing This Grandma Twerking On Top Of A Car (Video)

It’s not very often that I’m left speechless. Thanks to my years online, I’ve become gradually desensitized to most of the world, and I’ve always thought saying that something “speaks for itself” is just another way for a writers to say they don’t feel like doing their jobs. But this video changes things a little […]

World

This New Brain-Enhancing Pill Will Be Available To The Masses Over The Counter

Alleradd is a new drug that sounds strikingly similar to Adderall and performs essentially the same function: It enhances your cognitive functions, only it’s being marketed as a nutritional supplement instead of an amphetamine-based prescription. This new supplement promises users that it “elevates your energy, enhances your memory, and helps you find your focus, even […]