THE world’s healthiest and unhealthiest countries have been revealed after a decades-long study.
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, established to assess trends in health and disease in 187 countries, today released its rankings of the top 10 countries in which you are most likely to live a long and healthy life.
Japan remains the healthiest nation for men and women, a title it earned 23 years ago in same study.
Australia ranked sixth for men, trailing behind Singapore, Switzerland and Spain.
For women, South Korea, Spain, and Singapore ranked highest after Japan, with Australia claiming the ninth spot.
Still, we performed considerably better than the United States, which tied with Norway for 29th healthiest place for men and with Estonia for 33rd healthiest place for women.
But while we are living longer, we are also getting sicker.
The study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also found that women are losing more healthy years to disability than men.
On average, men live 9.2 years of their life with a disability compared to 11.5 years for women, although this could partly be due to the fact that women generally live longer then men.
Mental illness and musculo-skeletal disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, were identified as the most disabling illnesses.
Highest countries for men:
10) South Korea
Highest countries for women:
2) South Korea
Unhealthiest countries for men:
1) Burkina Faso
3) Democratic Republic of Congo
8) Central African Republic
Unhealthiest countries for women:
9) Central African Republic