Czech Republic is the healthiest country in the world - and Germany?
Noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are now the leading cause of premature death worldwide and kill over 36 million people annually. Many of these diseases are due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Experts have now examined in which countries people live particularly unhealthily.
Suffering is often due to unhealthy lifestyle
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), noncommunicable diseases are at the top of the most common causes of death in the world. The main risk factors for non-communicable diseases include high blood pressure, smoking, high blood sugar, lack of exercise, being overweight or obese, and high alcohol consumption - factors that would be largely avoidable. The suffering is often due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Experts have now investigated where people tend to live unhealthily. The result is surprising.
Reduce the risk of developing life-threatening diseases
A recent WHO report shows that measures to control the spread of noncommunicable diseases have been inadequate. Governments around the world should be pressured to deal with the global health crisis.
The newly published maps show and highlight the healthy and unhealthy countries of the world in which the residents have to change their lifestyle in order to reduce their risk of developing life-threatening diseases.
The maps were created by the British portal "Clinic Compare". The data for this come from the WHO and other health organizations. The assessment was based on the factors of alcohol consumption, tobacco consumption and the rate of obesity in the population.
Rankings for each country were then averaged to determine which population was exposed to the greatest health threat from harmful behavior.
The healthiest country in the world is in the middle of Europe
It turned out that the residents of the Czech Republic - according to the factors mentioned - live the least healthy. Alcohol consumption in the traditional beer nation is one of the highest in the world with 13.7 liters of pure alcohol per year.
In addition, the country ranks 11th worldwide in tobacco consumption. Even though the Czech Republic has one of the strictest tobacco laws in the EU.
Russia and Slovenia follow in second and third place among the most unhealthy countries. In addition to nations from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, only Luxembourg and the United States ended up in the "Top Ten". The latter mainly because of the high number of obese people in the country.
Only three health factors were assessed
Germany is in the top third of all factors assessed.
Afghanistan was rated as the "least unhealthy country" in the world, followed by Guinea and Niger. Only nations from Africa and Asia are found in the "Top Ten". Some of them are among the poorest in the world.
It must be pointed out again that only the factors alcohol and tobacco consumption and obesity were assessed in the statistics.
The latter alone is of little importance in many countries due to poverty alone - this also applies to the consumption of alcoholic beverages. (ad)