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USA doesn't make the Top 50 for life expectancy

According to a study, the top reasons include:

• smoking
• obesity
• violence
• poverty
• Automobile Accidents
• Access to healthcare.

Though the over arching reason appears to be "The failure to prevent poor health is a factor that is contributing..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy
https://ourworldindata.org/us-life-expectancy-low
Richard65 · M
An American here in England pointed out the posters on the walls of the health centre waiting room. He was impressed by the fact all the posters and free booklets in the rack were offering advice about how to avoid health issues and stay well. He told me they don't do that in the USA, because there's too much money to be made from bad health. The NHS is designed to help avoid illness, but the USA regard illness as a commodity to be exploited for profit.
@Richard65 Slade is right. US doctor's offices are full of preventative literature. All of my co-workers in the UK are very happy with their private insurance plan from our employer because the NHS sucks so much.

@sladejr
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Richard65 · M
@sladejr 🤣🤣🤣
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
Yes with no public healthcare, going to the doctor for prevention is less likely.
deadgerbil · 22-25
@JimboSaturn but that's dreaded socialism
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
@deadgerbil Yes it's far better to have a lower life expectancy than anything close to socialism. Death is much better.
Thinkerbell · 41-45, F
Automobile accidents a "top reason"? 🤔

The 30,000 or so automobile deaths amount to less than 1% of the 3.5 million annual deaths in the US.

But I was astonished to find that the lowest automobile death rates are found in the UK and Japan.
And they drive on the wrong side of the road ! 😲

@Thinkerbell I didn't want to point out the #1 cause. It's guaranteed to bring out the crazies. I just pulled the causes of death mentioned. Read the study. It's interesting.
Thinkerbell · 41-45, F
@JonLosAngeles66

I read it.

They mention a number of factors that are relatively small contributors to the overall American death rate (such as automobile accidents and murders), but somehow overlook alcoholism.

I give the article a B-.
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i am guessing the thousands and thousands crossing the border dont know that, either that, or they just dont care.
@NerdyPotato the health situation here costs all of us. We spend more than most countries per capita on healthcare and we don't even have universal healthcare.
@YourMomsSecretCrush that money stayed in the USA, but yeah... Maybe it should have been spent on healthcare and environmental protections rather than on weapons to give away.
@NerdyPotato we may actually agree on something. LOL
whowasthatmaskedman · 70-79, M
But thats not so important, when you consider that Americans are also among the unhappiest people in the OECD countries..Therefore have less to live for.😷
@whowasthatmaskedman that is silver lining thinking!
whowasthatmaskedman · 70-79, M
@JonLosAngeles66 But considerably less creative than some American thinking..😷
BittersweetPotato · 31-35, F
I am not surprised. Lifestyle is highly unhealthy especially in terms of diet.
I did not expect such an angry response. lol.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
@JonLosAngeles66 You simply cannot have any negative comments about the USA for some people.
I think it has much more to do with the American diet than anything else. We eat more junk food, more processed foods, and foods grown with pesticides banned in other countries, etc. Odd how the decline in life expectancy coincides with the implementation of Obamacare.
RedBaron · M
Kind of a meaningless statistic considering that health and life expectancy have much to do with family history and individual choices and habits.

It’s not the government’s job to prevent people from making poor decisions.
No one pointed out yet that the life expectancy for American women has gone up while American Men dropped sharply.
@JonLosAngeles66
and people wonder why we die early.
sladejr · 56-60, M
@sladejr not sure what that means
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