Lifestyle choices by residents of the United States are a main contributor to lower life expectancy than the advanced democracies. People living in the Unied States are more likely to be obese and die of heart disease than residents of the advanced democracies.

Female LIFESTYLE Risks

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FEMALESMeasured Obesity %Physical Inactivity %Teen Birth Rate per 1,000Abortion Rate per 1,000Heart Disease Mortality RateCigarette Mortality %
United Kingdom30.
United States41.648.034.319.677.316.21


Measured Obesity Percent: OECD

Percent of female population. All from 2017 except France, Norway (2015) and United States (2016).
Non-medical Determinants of Health > Body Weight
**countries with self-reported data are denoted with an asterisk

Physical Inactivity Percent: World Health Organization

Prevalence of insufficient physical activity among adults 18+ (age standardized estimates). 2016.

Teen Birth Rate per 1,000: Population Connection

Births per 1,000 women ages 15-19. All from 2009 except Italy (2005), France (2008) and United States (2010).

Abortion Rate per 1,000: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

World Abortion Policies 2013.
Rate per 1,000 women aged 15-44, 2008-2010.

Heart Disease Mortality Rates: OECD

Causes of mortality, ischemic heart disease (coronary heart disease), deaths per 100,000 females (standardized rates).

All data from 2017 except for Denmark (2015) and France, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom (2016).

Cigarette Mortality Percent: The Tobacco Atlas

Percent deaths caused by tobacco, 2016.

Alcohol Consumption

Female lifestyle risks does not include alcohol consumption while male lifestyle risks does. The range for female alcohol consumption goes from 2.8 liters per year of pure alcohol per capita ages 15+ to 5.9, while for men it goes from 11.6 to 21.3.  Women have far less risk from alcohol. Source of alcohol consumption.