posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 08:59 PM
Yes, you read correctly - a recent report by the UN suggests the following;
...pointed out severe obesity can reduce life by five to 20 years, ''leading some specialists to conclude that life expectancy in the US is likely to
level off and may even fall by 2050".
The report continues with it's bleak analysis, with research already reporting that;
A new study says white Americans with low educational levels have already lost an average of four years from their life expectancy.
The report compares the data with that of post-soviet Russia
That's the loss of 5 per cent of the average lifespan for an American who lacks a high school diploma, and it's happened at astonishing speed -
between 1990 and 2008, says the lead investigator for the study, S. Jay Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
It compares to the much-deplored loss of life expectancy in post-Soviet Russia, when the collapse of the state-run system and an epidemic of
alcoholism cut seven years from the life of the average Russian.
Overall the US is ranked poorly, on a par with Cubans
And the US overall was not doing very well by international comparison to start with. Americans rank 36th in the world for longevity with an average
78.3 years, almost identical to Cubans, who have one-fifth the level of income. Americans live 3½ years less than citizens of the five top-ranked
countries - Japan, Hong Kong, Iceland, Switzerland and Australia.
I understand that this is a result of things such as smoking, drinking, obesity, etc - but it still really surprises me that my American friends live,
on average, 4 years less that my fellow Australians.
edit on 24-9-2012 by ExCommando because:
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