Lifestyle Risks Statistics by Country

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American lifestyle choices are a major reason why US life expectancy is lower than the advanced countries. US rates of obesity, traffic fatalities, and firearm deaths are far higher than other affluent democracies.

Lifestyle Risks - General Statistics

  Obesity % Heart Disease Mortality Rate Traffic Fatalities Traffic Fatalities Drink and Drive Rate Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities Firearm Fatalities Firearm Fatalities
  2012 per 100,000 2010 per 100,000     by year per 1,000,000
Australia 28.3* 89 1,252 5.22 -- 30.0 211 (2015) 9.3
Canada 25.4* 92 2,114 5.88 -- 33.6 698 (2011) 20.5
Denmark 13.4 51 196 3.46 5.7 -- 50 (2012) 9.0
France 14.5 38 3,268 5.07 3.4 29.0 1,750 (2013) 26.5
Germany 14.7 97 3,540 4.39 -- 9.0 820 (2014) 10.1
Italy 10.4 63 3,721 6.22 2.5 25.0 781 (2012) 12.7
Japan 3.6* 30 5,971 4.71 -- 6.0 6 (2014) 0.0
Netherlands 12 55 574 3.39 -- 19.0 88 (2015) 5.2
Norway 10.0 74 192 3.68 0.2 17.0 3 (2014) 12.2
Sweden 11.8 97 272 2.78 0.24 19.0 154 (2014) 15.8
United Kingdom 24.7* 97 1,827 2.82 11.6 16.0 144 (2013) 2.2
United States 35.3* 112 34,064 10.58 -- 31.0 33,599 (2014) 105.4

*Measured data

Lifestyle Risks - Men

  Measured Obesity % Physical Inactivity % Alcohol Consumption Heart Disease Mortality Rate Cigarette Mortality %
  2012 2010 per capita, liters/yr per 100,000 2010
Australia 28.40 20.10 19.70 117 17.02
Canada 26.20 20.30 18.80 123 20.80
Denmark 13.70 22.40 17.50 93 24.18
France 14.50 19.10 18.40 54 18.97
Germany 15.70 18.70 20.40 127 21.11
Italy 11.30 28.20 11.90 84 22.78
Japan 3.80 31.10 13.70 41 18.36
Netherlands 11.20 14.00 15.10 76 26.49
Norway 11.00 22.90 11.60 98 18.25
Sweden 11.70 24.40 17.10 130 13.13
United Kingdom 24.40 32.30 18.90 132 21.73
United States 36.10 25.40 18.10 140 19.20

Lifestyle Risks - Women

  Measured Obesity % Physical Inactivity % Alcohol Consumption Heart Disease Mortality Rate Cigarette Mortality %
  2012 2010 per capita, liters/yr per 100,000 2010
Australia 28.20 27.60 9 61 10.44
Canada 24.60 39.30 7.4 61 14.99
Denmark 13.10 26.20 8.1 49 20.29
France 14.60 28.50 7.7 21 5.73
Germany 13.80 23.50 8.9 66 9.64
Italy 9.50 38.10 7.2 42 8.77
Japan 3.40 36.50 6.7 19 7.16
Netherlands 12.80 17.00 7.1 33 13.16
Norway 9.00 29.00 5.9 49 14.03
Sweden 11.80 33.00 8.8 64 10.91
United Kingdom 25.10 42.40 8.5 62 16.24
United States 36.60 39.30 7.8 79 15.84

Sources:

View OECD Obesity DataView Graphical Data

*The countries starred are measured data while the rest is self-reported data.
OECD Health Data 2014. Percentage of population who are self reported/measured data as obese.

View Lancet ArticleView Graphical Data

Percentage of population who are reported as physically inactive. For 2010. This data is for ages 18+ years. Physical inactivity is defined as less than 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week or less than 75 minutes of rigorous physical activity per week, or equivalent.

View WHO Alcohol consumption dataView Graphical Data

Data averaged from 2008-2010. For adults ages 15+. Measured in pure liters of alcohol consumed per capita per year.

View OECD reportView Graphical Data

For 2006 or latest year available. Deaths per 100,000 people. "Heart disease" is ischemic heart disease, a progressed case of coronary heart disease. The information we used starts on page 23 on the OECD PDF linked.

Visit the Tobacco Atlas websiteView Graphical Data

Average of percentages of male and female deaths attributed to tobacco usage, 2010.

View WHO reportView Graphical Data

Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013. Road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, for 2010.

View WHO reportView Graphical Data

Proportion of road traffic deaths that are attributable to alcohol, for 2015.

View ETSC reportView Graphical Data

Percentage of drivers caught drunk at roadside police sobriety tests, for 2010. For Denmark, the most recent data reported is from 2008. Other databases for this statistic are difficult to find largely due to variations from country to country in the minimum blood alcohol content necessary to qualify as intoxicated driving. Regardless of such discrepancies, these statistics are still urgently needed.

Visit GunPolicy.orgView Graphical Data

All gun deaths per 100,000 people as well as how many deaths in a particular year. The year the data is coming from is marked.

Notes:

Walking, Cycling, and Obesity Rates in Europe, North America, and Australia," David R. Basset, Jr., et al

Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2008. Active transportation qualifies as physical activity. Countries with stronger promotion of active transportation lead healthier, leaner lives.

Collection of articles relating active transport to health and environmental benefits: Bikesbelong.org

"A reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through an increase in biking and walking for transportation has greater health benefits for a population than from the increased use of lower-emission motor vehicles. An increase in active transportation is estimated to reduce 500 fatalities per million inhabitants in cities such as Delhi and London." J. Woodcock, et al

"It's the Guns - But We All Know, It's Not Really the Guns," Michael Moore

July 24, 2012. 61 mass shoootings since Columbine in the United States. "... [T]he United States is responsible for over 80 percent of all the gun deaths in the 23 richest countries combined."

"In Other Countries, Laws Are Strict and Work"

New York Times, December 17, 2012. "Experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, using data from 26 developed countries, have shown that wherever there are more firearms, there are more homicides. In the case of the United States, exponentially more: the American murder rate is roughly 15 times that of other wealthy countries, which have much tougher laws controlling private ownership of guns."

Other outstanding differences between the U.S. and advanced democracies who have suffered mass shootings, is the lack of U.S. urgency to respond quickly with reformative policy to prevent similar, repeat catastrophes.

Needed:

Database for drinking and driving rates for all advanced democracies.