America Fails At Everything: STDs, Obesity, Drug Use – Everything

I was born in New York City, in The Bronx, I am an American. I studied abroad in London, England for four months, but I’ve never lived anywhere other than America. With this, like many Americans, I have the great privilege of taking a great big  poo poo on this country. While it is much better to live in the U.S. than many, many other places – that doesn’t make us close to perfect. What’s annoying is the ego of plenty of citizens and government officials to still assert that we’re the best nation in the world. For whatever the reasons, and there are plenty, the U.S. is, at the very least, in a transitioning period from being less progressive, less equal, less – just less – compared to it’s post-industrialized nation, counterparts.

Here’s some new info on American healthy and healthcare, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences. Guess what? We’re #1! We’re #1! We’re #1!

 The NRC and IoM, both parts of the National Academies of Science, provide advice to U.S. policymakers. The National Institutes of Health asked them to compare the health of Americans to people in Canada, Australia, Japan and 13 European countries including Britain, France, Portugal, Italy and Germany. Americans did worse in nine areas: infant mortality; injury and homicide rates; teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; the AIDS virus; drug abuse; obesity and diabetes; heart disease; lung disease; and disabilities.” 

What was interesting is that young people seem to have it worse here. Dr. Steven Woolf, who worked on the project said, “I don’t think most parents know that, on average, infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. die younger and have greater rates of illness and injury than youth in other countries.”

What was more – annoying, I guess – was the fact that Americans, individually, pay twice as much as people in other countries but are significantly less healthy.

“The latest report from the federal government shows Americans spent more than $8,600 a year per person on healthcare – more than twice what countries such as Britain, France and Sweden spend, even with their universal healthcare systems. Yet we don’t live any longer and we are not even healthier, the report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine finds.”

What’s disturbing, considering that there was another school shooting today is that Americans, “are seven times more likely to be murdered than people in the other countries, and 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun.” What the researchers attributed all this too was many prevailing factors but I think they hit the nail on the head when they  noted that Americans aren’t interested in being told what to do. They – we – are willing to give up a whole lot of practicality, equality, and money just to be able to say that the government isn’t “intruding” or “infringing” on our freedom.

Woolf said, “We have a culture in our country … that cherishes personal autonomy and wants to limit intrusion of government and other entities upon our personal lives,” Woolf said. “Some of those forces may act against the ability to achieve optimal health outcomes.”

Mind you this is just in healthy and life expectancy – don’t even get me started on education and the prison system.



    1. I was born in New York City, in The Bronx, I am an American. I studied abroad in London, England for four months, but I’ve never lived anywhere other than America.

    2. It is true that people of America pays a great amount of their money on health care but still they are the most unhealthy ones. People are suffering from obesity, diabetes, STDs etc and many more diseases. I think people must stop expecting from government and try to live a healthy lifestyle so that these diseases can be avoided. Healthy eating, regular exercise and positive thinking can help a lot.

    3. Recreational drugs use is the use of psychoactive substances to have fun, for the experience, or to enhance an already positive experience. National laws prohibit the use of many different recreational drugs and medicinal drugs that have the potential for recreational use are heavily regulated. Thank you.

    4. Suicide represents the third leading cause of death for teenagers, according to a 2008 CDC report. Risk factors for suicide include a history of depression, a family history of suicide, drug or alcohol abuse, incarceration or a stressful life event. Thank you.

    5. marc says:

      There are plenty of problems in this country, but the worst is the education problem. We should stop wasting years working on degrees nobody wants and go for the ones that are actually sought for on the job market. How many adults are there to assist the high school graduates in choosing their future higher education programs? I had a teacher who told me Health Care education is what I should follow and I don't regret my decision, but not many are to get good counseling regarding their future training.

    6. .In actual fact loaded content and awfully positive information. I got it my way out from over here…

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