Our unhealthy world

Mediterranean

Although the diet is not low in fat – the principal one being olive oil – it is linked to lower rates of heart disease.

Source: CNN

Japan

– The Japanese have the longest life expectancy. This could partly be due to low cholesterol levels in their traditional diet, which is almost devoid of saturated fats.

– Popular ingredients in a Japanese diet include fish, seaweed, tofu, soya beans, rice and soba noodles.

Source: www.naturalelixir.com

Mexico 

Mexicans drink more cola than milk.

Source: www.naturalelixir.com

Italy 

There are only 290 McDonald’s restaurants in Italy. This compares with 1,115 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK, and 12,804 in the US.

Source: www.nationmaster.com

UK 

 – Nearly five million working days were lost through bad backs in 2003-04.

Source: www.backcare.org

– Smoking is the greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer; it causes more than 25% of cancers in the UK.

– Tobacco-related illness costs the UK economy £1.28bn each year.

Source: Cancer Research UK/World Health Organisation

Finland 

A new study from Finland reveals that an increase in physical activity during commuting hours – walking or cycling to work – lowers the risk of all types of stroke.

Source: European Netw

Australia

The annual cost of time off work among Telecom Australia employees in 1994 due to tobacco-related illness was £7.11m, and £2.37m due to alcohol-related illness. The cost to the Australian economy of tobacco-related illness is £2.58bn every year.

Source: World Health Organisation

China

Smoking costs the Chinese economy £3.5bn a year. One-third of cigarettes smoked in the world today are smoked in China.

Source: World Health Organisation

Germany

Smoking costs the German economy £8.38bn each year.

Source: World Health Organisation

India

– India, Brazil, China, Turkey and the US produce two-thirds of the world’s tobacco. However, unlike the others, India has one of the lowest cigarette consumption rates per person in the world.

– Seven bidis (hand-rolled cigarettes that are stronger and cheaper than manufactured ones) are sold for every one cigarette in India.

Source: World Health Organisation

US

– Smoking accounted for more than 6% of total healthcare expenses in the US in 1999 – a total of £43.35bn.

– Workplace smoking costs the US 26.8bn every year.

– In 2001, the average number of days off sick in the US for smokers was 6.16, for ex-smokers it was 4.53, and for non-smokers it was 3.86.

– Cigarette butts account for 20% of all rubbish collected in the US.

Source: World Health Organisation

World

More than 15 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day.

Source: World Health Organisation

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