I got this in an email yesterday. I don't post it as a warning. I was just surprised and saddened at the spending per capita in debt and healthcare. We should be doing better.
I am a voracious reader when it comes to faith, family and fitness and yesterday I read an article in the New York Times that I find disturbing. It is entitled, "China's Next Revolution Is in Fitness" which on the surface doesn't seem that interesting or significant but this line from the article does, "The government preaches that only a nation of strong bodies is truly strong." The Chinese government is telling its citizens to have strong bodies. My understanding is that in China, when the government tells you to do something, you do it.
Why is that so disturbing? Here are a few things that we should all know.
- China, with 1,339,724,852 people has 19.23% of the world population
- China has the world's second largest economy
- China has an external debt ranking at #153 or $274.62 per capita
- China has overall rates of obesity below 5% in the country
- China ranks second in life expectancy
- China spends $224 per capita on healthcare
Here are some comparisons that we should think about:
- The US with 312,417,000 people has 4.48% of the world population
- The US has the world's largest economy until 2020
- The US has an external debt ranking at #20 or $48,258 per capita
- The US has the highest obesity rate in the world at 33.8%
- The US ranks 36th in life expectancy
- The US spends $7,439 per capita on healthcare