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Wednesday, May 03, 2006 9:04 AM
Better to Eat Too Much or Drink Too Much?
Anita Sharpe on Health & Wellness

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores two things many of us know: 1.) Americans, on average, eat too much and the Brits, on average, drink too much; and 2.) the U.S. spends twice as much on health care as does Britain.
So now here's a surprise: Guess which nationality ages better and healthier? The Brits.

Actually, their secret probably isn't in the sauce.
Dr. Michael Marmot, the report's author, eliminated the "usual suspects" of smoking, drinking and obesity as significant factors in the differences between the two countries. Instead, he told the New York Times: "I'm arguing that it's due to the differences in the circumstances in which people live. Work, job insecurity, the nature of communities, residential communities, et cetera -- I think that's the place we should try to look."

1 comment

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 5/3/2006 11:33:15 AM
Britain is a much older country than the US. They have gone through many wars, hunger, flood, draught, economic booms and bust, so, historically, they have learned, and passed on those survival skills. I would be interested to see how, as we become a more global community, this plays itself out. The family unit is changing and my perspective is that this may be where the changes will develop. It's still ok to have parents/inlaws/etc living close by, and supporting one another, in the UK: not so much in the US as people tend to move around more. I am wondering how the next generation will fare if they decide to be, or need to be, two income families in the UK to "keep up with the Jone's." I would be interested in a follow up study some years from now....Living la vida fearless, Jan


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