Americans may live longer than people in other countries, but despite some of the amazing medical advances we have made over the last few decades, we are still behind the times with our healthcare system. From 1990 to 2010 the life expectancy in the US went up from 73.5 to 78.2 years. The problem is that so many people are afflicted with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and conditions that cause back, muscle, and joint pain, we aren’t enjoying those extra years.
The country has put a lot of money into the healthcare system and yet only a few gains have really been made as compared to some of the other wealthy countries around the world. A study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated death and disabilities from 291 different diseases, injuries, and conditions and also 67 different risk factors. First lady Michelle Obama wants to present the findings of the study to mayors of US cities at an invitation-only White House event.
The latest study compared 20 years of health data from various publish stories, surveys, and death certificates from the US and 34 other wealthy countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. The US fell behind in every major category in its rankings. The leading causes of death are still heart disease, cancer, and stroke, with suicide and auto accidents coming up behind. The top risk factors for such poor health included poor diet, smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.
After conducting these studies they also studied different states within the US. They have found that Americans are starting to become more active. Counties in Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky all reported that they have seen a huge increase in the number of residents that get at least the recommended amount of physical activity. Understanding and being educated on local fitness trends is a big part to becoming more active.