Health is a dirty word in America. Optimal health? Forget it.
The CDC data below proves most Americans to be health imbeciles. When we feel like crap, we might gobble down some antibiotics, sure.
But we’re too busy worshipping junk food to be concerned about health when there isn’t a crisis.
Cynical? Nope. The facts speak for themselves.
American ‘optimal health’ at a (depressing) glance:
• 2.7% of Americans live a healthy lifestyle
• 10% have normal body fat percentage
• Less than 50% exercise
• 38% eat a proper diet
• Smokers make up 29% of the population, still!
Source: Oregon State University
Here’s some good news from the CDC. We’re killing ourselves:
And we don’t give a flying fuck:
But at least it’s expensive – wohoo!
Is there any good news?
Wait, human beings are living longer than ever! We must be optimal health junkies!
Bullshit. The average human lifespan has not changed in 2,000 years. The only statistic that has improved is infant mortality. We’re better at getting babies here alive, which is great. When you consider the lifespan of people who made it out of the womb alive, Americans have nothing over the ancient Greeks, except that maybe we suffer more chronic disease in old age.
Wait, we know more about optimal health than ever before! Right? The research, science, and technology surrounding health – unprecedented! Besides, we have apps now.
We clearly don’t know enough to keep us alive and healthy longer. And we don’t care enough about reaching a state of optimal health, collectively, to put down the bag of chips and go for a walk.
Meanwhile, we complain about politicians who can’t seem to create a healthcare system to cover our asses while we suicide by Twinky.