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Why Do Americans Die Younger Than Citizens of Most Other Rich Countries?


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Cal
- 517 days ago - alternet.org
What do people in other countries do differently that makes them live so much longer?



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Constance F. (431)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:50 pm
agreed and agreed. And I will also add ~ just a simple sense of security that if you lose your job your not going to fall of the edge of the earth. Many people in these other countries also smoke and drink and alot ! ~ so what is the difference ? A basic sense of happieness and security I say.

Many of these countries also offer universal health care, which makes it much more likely that people will see a doctor before their condition becomes life-threatening.

You know what else is more common in places where people live longer? Real food.
 

Brian M. (202)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:52 pm
Americans die younger because, as the article suggests, we eat cheap, heavily processed foods full of things that are toxic on a regular basis. Americans also die younger because we do not have universal, single-payer health care, specifically for covering preventative health care costs.
 

Brian M. (202)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:53 pm
Well said, Constance. What Americans need is real food and real health care.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 5:33 pm
Thanks.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 5:35 pm
Well, I think Constance summed it up quite nicely. And Brian as well. Just having those basic needs fulfilled can make all the difference in the world. Thanks Cal.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 5:53 pm
Very good article. Noted and shared.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 7:19 pm

Well said Constance. And it is also true that many Europeans smoke and drink but still live longer happier lives.
We work to live and hope each day that the axe will not fall and comparatively we are not very nice people.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 9:24 pm
Constance = Right on! I was going to add McDonald's Super Size?!?!?!
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 10:38 pm
Bad diets, little exercise, too much stress.
 

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 11:14 pm
Thanks noted!
 

TomCat S. (231)
Friday July 19, 2013, 12:32 am
They spend money on cleaner air and water, better food, and better health care for their people. We spend ours on richer rich people.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday July 19, 2013, 2:03 am
ty
 

Patricia H. (454)
Friday July 19, 2013, 3:24 am
noted
 

jeanne schreurs (208)
Friday July 19, 2013, 4:16 am
Agree Constance, Brian.
TomCat this is not all true in the Netherlands. Many people donīt go to the doctor because of the bill they have to pay. We must pay the first 350 Euro ,each year, of de healthinsurancebill. This amount is increasing each year and the insurance policy compensate less.
Here also the pockets of the rich are filled and the poor get poorer.
The cleanair act in the Netherlands is far behind.
We also must fight for better food. Mon$anto and co has also a foot in the door in Europe.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday July 19, 2013, 4:48 am
good comments!! thanks Cal, noted
 

tasunka m. (337)
Friday July 19, 2013, 5:18 am
STRESS KILLS
and class warfare isn't that great either
ty Cal
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday July 19, 2013, 6:40 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Friday July 19, 2013, 9:06 am
I notice Greece was not included in this list. While many countries eat several small meals a day (keeping their blood sugar regulated), we tend to eat on the go in the mornings; lunch is whatever we can get, and dinner is our biggest meal, when it should be our smallest.
Dinnner can be from 6pm to whever its possible. This is also done in Greece, where dinnner is usually about 9pm...I couldn't stand it I visited my friend's family in Athens, and I just couldn't believe the amount of food eaten before bed.
Lond story short, 2 male cousins died of heart attacks: 52, and 55.
 

. (0)
Friday July 19, 2013, 9:15 am
Because they eat too much high calorie junk disguised as food.
 

Maria S. (95)
Friday July 19, 2013, 10:06 am
I agree with Constance & Brianl.
Alan, it's true people in Greece use to eat weirdly. No breakfast at all and they're big meal is a couple of hours before sleeping. People are learning to lead a healthier lifestyle. Most probably Greece wasn't included in the list cause of the Mediterrenean diet, fresh food and in season, climate and family cohesion.
Cal, thanks for posting.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Friday July 19, 2013, 1:06 pm
Sad, thank you.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Friday July 19, 2013, 2:14 pm
I'm glad someone put out the info, so that Cal could post it.
Thank you, Cal.
The article makes perfect sense. We don't walk, we drive. I've seen people going to my gym, spend time driving around the parking,lot to get a closer parking space! WAIT! You're going to th gym to work out, and you can't walk a few more feet to get there?
The idea of convenience, which seems so simple and understandable, seems to have had a life of its own, in the USA.
When I was young the Horn and Hardart, eatery chain, as I recall, had as their motto, if i recall it correctly, "Less work for mother." Sounds good, but too much of a good thing can hurt. NOT that I want Moms to work their fingers to the bone, but the cultural message that that helped convey, may have hurt, in the long run.
Then, there s the economic impact of the GOP lead stagnation of wages, that made women 'Have" to go to work, in order to maintain a middle class family lifestyle: One of the things this lead to was/is the virtual takeover of prepared and fast food, with its lead up to obesity.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Friday July 19, 2013, 4:44 pm
Excess in all things ... food, wealth, latest/newest, biggest/best, etc. Not worth the over-effort (nobody's found a way to take it with AND often, while you remain alive, your kids hopefully hover overhead, waiting.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Friday July 19, 2013, 7:22 pm
Well, like the article emphasized, it's a combination of most of those countries having Universal Healthcare, which helps in preventive health care, and having a more junk free, nutritious diet. Can't beat that combination!
 

Natasha Salgado (576)
Friday July 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
The portion sizes are monstrous--capable of feeding a family of 3...and how about those gigantic sodas sold everywhere. This you won't find in any other of the wealthy nations. But thank you America 4 your creation and dedication to the fast food industry!!
 

Don Schwarz (5)
Friday July 19, 2013, 11:08 pm
Yes, good comments all around, particularly Constance, Brian, TomCat, and Mitch. Mitch's last paragraph is very intriguing - wage stagnation made women "have" to go to work to maintain a middle class lifestyle which led to increased consumption of prepared and fast food, leading to obesity, diabetes, and shorter lifespans.
 

june t. (66)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:59 am
enjoyed the discussion, good comments all. Thanks for the article
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 3:59 am
It's a matter of lifestyle
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:04 am
Maybe thus helps: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender (just the stats)
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:45 am
OK, the headline and article are more than a little disingenuous. I say this as one very important statistic is left out or intentionally ignored. There is a strong connection between income and longevity in the USA, see the Michael A. Fletcher article March 10, 1013 "Research ties economic inequality to gap in life expectancy." in the Washingtom Post. Only the growing bottom of the US economy dies younger the upper 2% are living longer. Unlike the rest of the 'Wealthy Nations' in the world US life expectancy ie health care in particular is far more dependant on wealth.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:20 am
read & noted
 

Connie O. (44)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 12:32 pm
I sure don't see it in my family...they are living way into their 90s. I cannot afford to live quite that long!
 

M Away M. (461)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:46 pm
Less Super Size! More people walk! USA is one Lazy country.
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:44 am
noted
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:19 pm
I have some ideas.....
 
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