People Living In The United States Die Earlier Than In Japan And Australia – Part 2 of 3
They also extend beyond the poor and minorities. “Even Americans who are white, insured, have college education or high income or are engaged in healthy behaviors seem to be in poorer well-being than people with similar characteristics in other nations,” said Woolf, who spoke at a Wednesday news conference.
Commenting on the report, Bernice Rumala, an assistant professor of medical sciences at Quinnipiac University School of Medicine in North Haven, Conn, said: “Previous studies have focused specifically on rude socioeconomic status populations and racial/ethnic minorities. However, this study has highlighted that there are larger contextual factors beyond socioeconomic stature that are resulting in poorer health outcomes for everyone, not just the disadvantaged or racial/ethnic minorities”.
A number of reasons account for the miserable statistics, the report authors said. Among them: various lifestyle factors such as skimpy eating and lack of physical activity, disparities in health care, lack of health insurance, high rates of drug abuse, an unwillingness to secure up while riding in vehicles, a propensity to use firearms and lags in education.