Monday, October 5, 2009

Belgians still ahead of Americans in Life Expectancy

The UN published its Human Development Report this week. It confirms that Belgians (21st overall in life expectancy) live longer than their US counterparts (26th), in spite of having a diet based on cigarettes, fried potatoes, beer and chocolate. Somehow, the bad effects of the first two must be overcome by the two others, plus perhaps the addition of Belgian endives and Brussels sprouts.

Human Development Index--Belgium (life expectancy in Table 1, column 2)

Human Development Index--United States

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