Sunday, August 12, 2007

Life Expectancy News

We've been saying that a huge opportunity for getting kids reconnected to nature is the health linkage. Who, beside some political partisans in DC don't want to see healthy kids?

There were a number of reports over the past day or two that look at the slipping life expectancy rates in the US compared to other nations.

From the Post:
Adults in the United States have one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Nearly a third of U.S. adults 20 years and older are obese, while about two-thirds are overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
So we're fatter, less active, and while our life expectancy is higher than many, we could still do a better job. Some might argue that we are doing a lot better than 100 years ago, with the advent of modern medical knowledge.

I wonder what the numbers would be if we took the medical technology of today and combined it with the outdoor activity of an average rural inhabitant of 1910? I'd guess we'd be better than 42nd.