why do americans live such short lives ?

Sep 2018
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1,086
cleveland ohio
#1
Is it our lifestyle? or is it our health care system, or maybe just maybe its a bit of both.. we are dieing of drug addiction and gun shot wounds.. there is something terribly wrong with this country isnt there? The U.S. has the lowest life expectancy at birth among comparable countries n 1980, average life expectancy at birth was similar in the U.S. and in comparable countries. However, while the U.S. gained 5 years of life expectancy in the subsequent decades, the average comparable country has gained 7 years. This chart collection examines how life expectancy in the U.S. compares to similar countries (those with similarly large GDP and high average income). How does U.S. life expectancy compare to other countries? - Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker
 
Dec 2015
14,572
13,475
Arizona
#2
The CDC seems to think this trend is because of drugs, overdoses and suicides. We are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable, but I don't think this goes far enough. Yes, when our young people look around and see nothing but hopelessness, division, depression, and a warring world, it's pretty upsetting. BUT they also see mass shootings and killings here. Violence. Gun violence.
Our children aren't JUST dying one at a time---they are dying by the dozens at schools, concerts, and churches.
People are dying because they don't have HEALTHCARE. They are dying because there are millions of people in this country who don't give a SH*T if their neighbors live or die.
They are dying because Big Pharma has excessively profited from the latest epidemic--the latest killer--the latest cancer. Americans are dying because of selfishness--the ME FIRST attitude. Americans are dying because of greed.

Other countries have drugs. Other countries have terminal illnesses. Other countries have suicides. So ask yourself....why is America different. Why are we dying younger?
 
Sep 2018
6,579
1,086
cleveland ohio
#3
The CDC seems to think this trend is because of drugs, overdoses and suicides. We are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable, but I don't think this goes far enough. Yes, when our young people look around and see nothing but hopelessness, division, depression, and a warring world, it's pretty upsetting. BUT they also see mass shootings and killings here. Violence. Gun violence.
Our children aren't JUST dying one at a time---they are dying by the dozens at schools, concerts, and churches.
People are dying because they don't have HEALTHCARE. They are dying because there are millions of people in this country who don't give a SH*T if their neighbors live or die.
They are dying because Big Pharma has excessively profited from the latest epidemic--the latest killer--the latest cancer. Americans are dying because of selfishness--the ME FIRST attitude. Americans are dying because of greed.

Other countries have drugs. Other countries have terminal illnesses. Other countries have suicides. So ask yourself....why is America different. Why are we dying younger?
you forgot gun fatalities and auto accidents much worse here
 
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Apr 2014
1,874
749
Heart of America
#4
you forgot gun fatalities and auto accidents much worse here
Total numbers or the rate? If we removed gang-bangers from the numbers, murders would drop dramatically. This goes to the problem of illegal drugs and the crime it causes. Better, IMO, to legalize and regulate all drugs.

About 44,000 Americans commit suicide each year, about half of them with guns. However, a breakdown shows that most of those with guns are older white males. Having assisted suicide laws would allow a closer examination of those who have a legitimate reason to commit suicide (e.g. terminal illness) and those who have a treatable mental condition (e.g. depression). Obviously banning guns, as some oftent suggest, would not solve the suicide problem.
 
Sep 2018
6,579
1,086
cleveland ohio
#5
Total numbers or the rate? If we removed gang-bangers from the numbers, murders would drop dramatically. This goes to the problem of illegal drugs and the crime it causes. Better, IMO, to legalize and regulate all drugs.

About 44,000 Americans commit suicide each year, about half of them with guns. However, a breakdown shows that most of those with guns are older white males. Having assisted suicide laws would allow a closer examination of those who have a legitimate reason to commit suicide (e.g. terminal illness) and those who have a treatable mental condition (e.g. depression). Obviously banning guns, as some oftent suggest, would not solve the suicide problem.
actually thats not true
  • The total number of gang homicides reported by respondents in the NYGS sample averaged nearly 2,000 annually from 2007 to 2012. During roughly the same time period (2007 to 2011), the FBI estimated, on average, more than 15,500 homicides across the United States (www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-1). These estimates suggest that gang-related homicides typically accounted for around 13 percent of all homicides annually.
 
Mar 2013
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9,914
Middle Tennessee
#6
Burger King, McDonalds, and every other fast food restaurant AND the portions they sell. Hell the portions at most restaurants are substantially larger than most other countries.

Heart disease IS the number one killer. Followed by cancer and respiratory disease. These three make up 50% of all death in this country. I think this is exasperated by the fact that while we have great medical care, it's a matter of IF you can afford it. Good insurance, better care. No insurance, well just fuck off and die will you !!
 
Apr 2014
1,874
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Heart of America
#7
actually thats not true
  • The total number of gang homicides reported by respondents in the NYGS sample averaged nearly 2,000 annually from 2007 to 2012. During roughly the same time period (2007 to 2011), the FBI estimated, on average, more than 15,500 homicides across the United States (www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-1). These estimates suggest that gang-related homicides typically accounted for around 13 percent of all homicides annually.
Yes, but notice that gang homicides are primarily firearms, not "crimes of passion" with beatings.
 
Dec 2018
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London, UK
#8
Having lived in the US for 5 years, I have to say, the common denominator is a lack of education in health and not very healthy food. There is also the issue of overconsumption. Americans are one of the most overweight/obese nations in the world, after Mexico, which has sadly adopted so many of the bad habits imported from the US, like drinking fizzy sugary drinks instead of water every day.
 
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Dec 2018
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468
New England
#9
Having lived in the US for 5 years, I have to say, the common denominator is a lack of education in health and not very healthy food. There is also the issue of overconsumption. Americans are one of the most overweight/obese nations in the world, after Mexico, which has sadly adopted so many of the bad habits imported from the US, like drinking fizzy sugary drinks instead of water every day.

It is amazing to watch the food choices some adults make time after time, but at the end of the day life is so often about the choices we make.
 
Nov 2012
10,310
8,468
nirvana
#10
Is it our lifestyle? or is it our health care system, or maybe just maybe its a bit of both.. we are dieing of drug addiction and gun shot wounds.. there is something terribly wrong with this country isnt there? The U.S. has the lowest life expectancy at birth among comparable countries n 1980, average life expectancy at birth was similar in the U.S. and in comparable countries. However, while the U.S. gained 5 years of life expectancy in the subsequent decades, the average comparable country has gained 7 years. This chart collection examines how life expectancy in the U.S. compares to similar countries (those with similarly large GDP and high average income). How does U.S. life expectancy compare to other countries? - Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker
That’s just capitalism choosing winners and losers.