Interesting article regarding US vs UK health

By kdroberts Latest Reply 2011-03-14 15:20:36 -0500
Started 2011-03-09 09:13:51 -0600

People living in England enjoy better health than Americans, despite less investment in healthcare, research published in the US has revealed…

…The reason remains a mystery, says the US team, and challenges the idea that resources necessarily improve health.

Tags: health

14 replies

CaliKo 2011-03-09 11:49:23 -0600 Report

Now there's a mystery. Wonder what the difference is that matters. Thanks for posting.

ru12c41 2011-03-09 12:58:00 -0600 Report

It's no real secret or mystery! Most English are not addicted to their automobile and get out and walk more. Most Europeans are more into walking than Americans. Their stores are closer to their neighborhoods and it is just as easy to walk the couple of blocks as it is to start the car and drive. They also enjoy going for long walks in the countryside. Most American set on their fat tush and watch TV rather then get out and walk. That's another reason there is less Diabetes in the UK. Less obesity. You can be overweight, but not obese if you get off your tush and walk a mile or two every day.

kdroberts 2011-03-09 13:07:41 -0600 Report

I think you may be painting a picture through rose tinted glasses, it's not really like that.

ru12c41 2011-03-09 13:27:11 -0600 Report

I know it's not that easy. It takes real will power and a real desire to lose weight. I know from experience having lived 14 years in Europe that they do walk a lot more than we Americans. I know also from experience that it take a lot of determination. I am wheel chair bound and cannot walk without a walker. I have almost no feeling in my feet and lower legs, so I know it is not easy. I struggle every day forcing myself to walk. But it seems to be worth it. I have gone from 297 lbs down to 262 lbs and plan to lose more. My BG levels are staying steady at about 120 without an increase in insulin. It is still high, but I think I can get it down some more. You can do it if you make up your mind and stay with it. The attitude you are expressing will never get you anywhere. Get Up and Walk!

kdroberts 2011-03-09 14:12:49 -0600 Report

I don't get why me saying that you are looking at things in Europe rather optimistically when the reality is not quite like that. I do know, I lived in the UK for 23 years years and have a lot of friends and family there and go back when I can. I was there 6 months ago and the food isn't really a massively different between the countries now and the obesity rate is not really that much different to the US. TV is king just like the US, driving instead of walking is way up on what it used to be. The local stores are few and far between now, the massive grocery stores on outskirts of cities are where people go and although people like to go for countryside walks, it's no where close to what it was when I grew up.

I have no problem walking, although for me it doesn't help much but right now the weather conditions don't make it easy to do.

ru12c41 2011-03-09 15:05:42 -0600 Report

Thanks for bring me up to date on England and Europe. I still have fond memories of both England, Germany, Switzerland and Italy and walking through much of it. I still say that Europeans get more exercise than Americans. You walk from your house to your car, you walk from your car to your workplace, from your workplace back to your car, from your car, maybe to a store, from the store to the car, from the car to the house. Maybe in the course of the day many Americans don't walk a mile and that is in short spurts. As for the weather conditions, that's partially the reason I moved to South Texas. I could easily walk 300+ days a year when I'm able.

ru12c41 2011-03-09 15:09:30 -0600 Report

One of the things I remember about England was the terrible food. Another reason I thought it was easier to keep the weight off in England. To bad they had to replace it with American Fast Fattening Food!

DonHenault 2011-03-09 12:11:31 -0600 Report

Great article, I think we need a real push to re-educate the public on heathly easting in our country. We have found it too easy to pull into a fast food place or hit the junk food row in the supermarketer. We seen to have that quick fix on carbs to keep us going.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-03-09 09:56:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing. Very interesting article.

I'm amazed that there were no statistical indications of the reasons why. But I love that there is some good evidence that simply throwing more money at this problem doesn't fix what is wrong.

ru12c41 2011-03-09 13:01:40 -0600 Report

The real reason is not throwing money down a sink hole, but getting out and walking and getting off our tush and moving. You can eat just about whatever you want if you just walk it off. Setting in front of the TV all day just puts the pound on and obesity leads to diabetes. Simple!

realsis77 2011-03-09 09:30:07 -0600 Report

I believe this is true unfortunately. I know I'm on social security and I'm very limited as to what's covered. I have no vision and no dental so I suffer in these areas. I can not afford to pick up "private" insurance to fill in the gaps. Its a sad thing. I'm limited also to only what's covered .this year they also increased my copay for perscriptions. When I want to see a doctor its usually an extremely long wait and any "extra" services are comming out of pocket. It gets very difficult sometimes. I wish we as a country could figure out a system of care that doesn't cost a arm and a leg! For now I just try and deal with what I do have . Its more than some people so I suppose I'm fortunate.

marz54 2011-03-09 09:58:00 -0600 Report

I am on social security disability and i understand and agree to this. The only thing i have not had yet is my copay increased.

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