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For those of you who believe we have the greatest medical advances in the world and we all are living longer, I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the life expectancy charts released a couple of weeks ago by the World Health Organization.  Worldwide if the average girl was born in 2012 she would live to 73.  Boys average 68.  In the United States we do quite a bit better with the female at 81 and the male at 76.  Looks good, so far, right?  But, when you look closer we rank 37th overall and do not make the top ten for either gender.  Japanese women come in at 87 years for life expectancy followed by Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, France, Australia, Republic of Korea, and Luxembourg.  When it comes to men, most of those countries are in the list with Iceland leading the way at 81.2 years.  Israel and New Zealand are the additions to the men’s’ list.  With all the talk about childhood obesity, there are 44 million overweight or obese children with 10 million of them living on the continent of Africa.  That surprises me. There are three major problems that cause premature death around the world.  Coronary and Heart Disease, respiratory infections such as pneumonia, and strokes are the culprits.  It amazes me that for all the great things about America we still rank 37th in the world when it comes to life expectancy.  Something isn’t right.WHO Life Expectancy Rates


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