Are Americans Sicker Than Other Nations?

    Overall, American men live four years less than men in certain other high-income countries, and women live five years less than women in certain other countries, the report shows.

    According to the report, the U.S. is at or near the bottom in nine key health areas, including:

    • Infant death and low birth weight
    • Injuries and murders
    • Teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections
    • Prevalence of HIV and AIDS
    • Drug-related deaths
    • Obesity and diabetes
    • Heart disease; chronic lung disease; and disability

    Specifically, children born in the U.S. are less likely to reach their fifth birthday than kids from certain other countries. The U.S. also has the highest infant death rate of any high-income country.

    What’s more, U.S. teens have higher rates of death from traffic accidents and murders, the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, and are more likely to catch sexually transmitted infections. “I was stunned by how pervasive the disadvantage was across so many different topic areas,” Woolf says.

    The playing field changes after age 75, the report shows. If an American lives to 75, they have a higher life expectancy than people in the other high-income countries.

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