High rates of obesity? Check. High rates of alcohol consumption? Oh my, yes. High rates of tobacco use? Sure.
The Czech Republic has it all.
Unfortunately, that’s enough for the country to be dubbed ‘the most unhealthy in the world’ in a new infographic by Clinic Compare, which uses data from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook, and The World Lung Association
The data is intended to highlight the risk of noncommunicable diseases throughout the world – cancer, diabetes, and so on – brought on by an individual’s unhealthy lifestyle that may include excessive alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and an unhealthy diet.
After crunching the numbers across those three categories “the Czech Republic was exposed as the most unhealthy country in the world” per Clinic Compare.
And sure – the nation’s high rates of obesity are cause for concern. And tobacco use, generally, isn’t associated with a healthy lifestyle.
But is the country’s alcohol use a problem?
The Czech Republic’s “citizens emerged as some of the heaviest drinkers, each consuming a massive 13.7 litres of pure alcohol every year, the equivalent in volume to 550 25ml shots,” per Clinic Compare.
And while 550 shots of pure alcohol sounds bad, let’s break it down. That equals 37.5ml of alcohol per day. Translated into beer, the Czech drink of choice, it totals 850ml daily (going by a standard 4.4% ABV Pilsner).
That’s a reasonable one large and one small beer per day. By the way, a recent study found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42% lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers.
While the alcohol use was highlighted, the combination of these three categories led to the distinction of the Czech Republic being labelled the world’s unhealthiest nation. But are these numbers alone – disregarding rates of communicable disease, and factors contributing to a healthy lifestyle including sports and exercise – enough to label the country the most unhealthy in the world?
Some food for thought: the Czech Republic boasts a lifespan of a good twenty years longer than those considered to be ‘the 10 least unhealthy countries’ – which include Somalia, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Some might consider factors in those countries, including widespread starvation and high rates of communicable disease, to also be unhealthy.
Here’s the full infographic via Clinic Compare: