A newly released survey, The Health Profile of England 2008, has exposed England as the least healthy country in Europe. Comparing the health of Brits to that of residents of 15 Western and 12 Eastern European countries, the survey, published by the British government, found that UK citizens had the highest rates of obesity at 23 percent, almost twice the level of France. In addition, heart attack, smoking and infant mortality rates were also among the highest in the group of nations.
This is sobering news. The U.S. and the British share numerous cultural, historic and linguistic ties that both nations cherish, but it appears that we also share an unfortunate propensity for overindulgence and declining health. It may be that this cultural closeness is what has led Britain to follow America's lead in adopting fast foods, or perhaps the problem is simply that Britain is more urbanized and industrialized than countries such as Poland or Greece. In any case, it underscores the wisdom of looking outside the borders of the English-speaking, modernity-worshipping Western world, to places such as Okinawa, Japan, or Sardinia, Italy, to find models of healthy living and eating.
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