The United States is the world’s biggest economy and the leading exporter of wheat, corn, beef and many other commodities. It also has the most unequal wealth distribution of all major developed countries. Economic woes in the U.S. have led to one in seven Americans to rely on food assistance.
Americans living longer but still falling behind other nations
Americans are living longer than ever before, but compared with the healthiest nations in the world, their life expectancy is shorter and falling behind.
The average American man in 2007 could expect to live 75.6 years, and a woman 80.8 years, according to research released today by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. But between 2000 and 2007, more than 80 percent of counties in the United States fell in standing against the “international frontier,” the average of the 10 nations with the best life expectancy in the world.
The United States ranked 37th in the world for life expectancy in 2007. Throughout the country, women fared worse than men, and blacks could expect to live the shortest lives. The study, published in the journal Population Health Metrics, attributes the gap between the U.S. and other nations to preventable risk factors – namely tobacco use, obesity and high blood pressure. More …