Americans' health suffers
The Kansas City Star
It seems odd that in the wealthiest nation in the world, Americans are living shorter lives and generally are in worse health than other Western countries.
But that was the finding of a new National Research Council and Institute of Medicine report. Americans scored below average on infant mortality, low birth weight, injuries, homicides, adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV-AIDS, drug related deaths, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and disability, the Los Angeles Times reports.
It’s not a pretty picture, although one bright spot was the United States’ low cancer death rates.
Overall, as baby boomers age and more severe health issues surface, the U.S. will be spending a lot more time and money caring for a generation of more than 75 million people who didn’t take good care of themselves when they were younger.