If there were a health Olympics, the U.S. wouldn't even medal
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ALL eyes are on London as it hosts the 2012 Olympic Games. Nations from across the globe have united to cheer the prowess of incredibly healthy individuals who compete to make their countries proud. In past Olympics, the United States has won more medals than any other country. But if the health of each country's entire population -- not just its elite athletes -- were an Olympic event, the U.S. would have been eliminated in the trials.
It seems that I posted the gist of this story in the last week or two in this forum, and then deleted the thread. This story made the Seattle Times though. He makes the point about how far down the line the US is in both birth and death life expectancy compared to other countries. When he makes the case, he has the credentials to back it up; being a doctor. He's also local to the Seattle area, Stephen Bezruchka from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Stephen, I totally agree.