Heart disease, obesity and early death higher on the Standard American Diet

Heart disease, obesity and early death higher on the Standard American Diet (SAD) 

The Standard Western Diet is deadly and is already in a country near you…

The 2012 Shorter Lives, Poorer Health National Academy of Sciences report by the National Research Council, National Institutes of Health and Institute of Medicine, provides advice to U.S. policymakers.  What did the report find?  Chilling reading… 

America is far unhealthier than 16 other leading developed countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan and 13 European countries including Britain, France, Portugal, Italy and Germany.  Americans spent more than $8,600 a year per person on healthcare, which is more than twice that spent by other countries yet they die younger with more health problems.

America scored the worst in nine areas:

  1. Infant mortality
  2. Injury and homicide rates
  3. Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  4. The AIDS virus
  5. Drug abuse
  6. Obesity and diabetes
  7. Heart disease
  8. Lung disease
  9. Disabilities
  • American children were less likely to live to age 5 
  • U.S. men can expect to live to just 75.6 years
  • Japanese women can expect to live to be 86
  • The poor health results were across every racial, ethnic and socioeconomic group

“Americans who do reach age 50 generally arrive at this age in poorer health than their counterparts in other high-income countries, and as older adults they face greater morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases that arise from risk factors that are often established earlier in life” said the report.

“It’s a tragedy.  I, personally, was stunned by how pervasive the disadvantage was across so many topic areas.  I don’t think most parents know that, on average, infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. die younger and have greater rates of illness and injury than youth in other countries.  For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in almost all other high-income countries.  Something fundamentally is going wrong to cause our country to lose ground against other high-income countries”.
Head of the 2012 Shorter Lives, Poorer Health National Academy of Sciences report, Doctor Steven Woolf, Professor of Family Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  

As reported by NBC News on January 10, 2012.

Full article here: http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/09/16433458-were-unhealthier-than-everyone-else-and-its-our-own-fault?lite

Posted: Friday 1 March 2013