What makes for a healthy country? What makes for an unhealthy country? To help answer that question, some indices show what countries are the healthiest and why. Surprisingly, the United States ranks relatively low on international indices on public health, sometimes lower than undeveloped countries! On the Bloomberg Healthiest Countries Index, the United States came in at an abysmal 35 out of all the countries in the world. The healthiest countries in the world have high levels of nutrition and universal access to healthcare. The people regularly get plenty of exercise, and government policies promote the people’s health and well-being.
The world’s unhealthiest countries have considerable income disparity levels, meaning that the gap between the rich and the poor is vast. People have difficulty accessing healthy food, making processed foods easier to get since they are cheaper, and healthcare may not even be available. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do which can help you be healthy. Keep reading to learn more about why some countries are healthier than others. You may find some things that you can do to improve your health and better understand why the United States’ public health is so poor.