USA does not figure in top 30 healthiest countries!
20 Healthiest Countries in the World (We Are Not on the List)
To identify the healthiest countries in the world, Bloomberg Rankings created health scores and health-risk scores for countries with populations of at least 1 million.
They subtracted the risk score from the health score to determine the country’s rank. Five-year averages, when available, were used to mitigate some of the short-term year-over-year swings.
Scrolling through the list is like walking through a geography class or spinning a globe on its axis. Country after beautiful country (think France, Italy, Noway, New Zealand), appear with pictures of locals engaged in some sporty activity. While clicking through the list, I held onto the hope that maybe somehow, somewhere, we would appear on that roster of twenty countries.
But that was hope whispering. Reality had already penetrated, after years of number crunching, knowing all too well that the United States spends more on health care and disease management than any other country on the planet. Our rates of diseases like diabetes, asthma, allergies and autism are growing at unprecedented paces, earning our children the titles of “Generation Rx” and “Generation XL.”
Obesity is already costing America over $190 billion a year—21% of the amount spent on medical services—and is set to rise much higher, and The Economist calls “diabesity” an American epidemic.
But epidemics don’t have genetic causes, they have environmental ones, and as I read through the list, patriotism got the best of me, and I couldn’t help but stop and think, “We have got to get our game on.”
Here’s the list of the top ten healthiest countries in the world, from number ten to the healthiest country in the world. For the full list, visit Bloomberg News:
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