alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the U.S.
the rest of the world isn’t doing much better.
Iceland and Sweden share the top slot with Singapore as world
leaders when it comes to health goals set by the United
Nations, according to a report published
in the Lancet.Using
the UN’s sustainable development goals as guideposts, which
measure the obvious (poverty, clean water, education) and
less obvious (societal inequality, industry innovation), more
than 1,870 researchers in 124 countries compiled data on 33 different
indicators of progress toward the UN goals related to health.
a year and a half ago, the researchers involved decided their data
might help measure progress on what may be the single most ambitious
undertaking humans have ever committed themselves to: survival. In
doing so, they came up with some disturbing findings, including that
the country withthe
biggest economy (not to mention, if we’re talking about health,
multibillion-dollar health-food and fitness industries) ranks No. 28
overall, between Japan and Estonia.
notes that the
U.S. scores its highest marks in water, sanitation, and child
the upside. Unsurprisingly,interpersonal
violence (think gun crime) takes a heavy toll on America’s overall
Response to natural disasters, HIV, suicide, obesity, and alcohol
abuse all require attention in the U.S. Also noteworthy are basic
public health metrics that America. doesn’t perform as well on as
other developed countries. The
U.S. is No. 64 in the rate of mothers dying for every 100,000 births,
and No. 40 when it comes to the rate children under age five die.
U.S. isn’t doing as well as it perhaps should compared with some
countries in Western Europe,” Murray