South Africans are the most unhealthiest people in the world

South Africans are the most unhealthiest people in the world


This is going to be a hard one for many South Africans to swallow: But, according to the experts at Manual, Mzansi has been identified as the ‘unhealthiest population on the planet’. Which isn’t exactly the news any country wants to hear in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic.

Data for this study was collected across the 10 key categories for 207 countries and territories. In order to further refine the list, countries that were missing more than two data points (due to no data available) were left out, leaving a list of 156. Information has been provided by WHO, World Bank and the International Diabetes Foundation. The research has been comprehensive, to say the least.

South Africans ‘the unhealthiest in the world’ – but why?

To compile their results, the boffins behind the study factored in things like life expectancy, rates of diseases and mental health issues. South Africans scored low in many of these categories, with its ranking based on the following:

•    Citizens of South Africa are the world’s unhealthiest, coming in last place in the global rankings (156/156).
•    This is due to low life expectancy and high incidences of workplace accidents, alcohol abuse and cancers.
•    A widening economic gap between the rich and poor has been cited as the dominant cause.
•    Male South Africans rank below average for mental wellbeing. and SA’s women rank in the bottom 20 for physical activity.
•    Meanwhile, obesity and physical inactivity among the upper classes – and malnutrition in urban townships – has come together to create an imperfect health storm.

Gender equality in healthcare seen as a positive for SA

Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Vietnam have the healthiest female populations in the world. Bhutan, Niger, Vanuatu and even Madagascar are listed as having the healthiest male citizens, but that comes at the expense of disparity with the health of women in each nation.

People of the Ivory Coast, eSwatini and Lithuania join South Africans as part of the ‘unhealthiest’ countries in the world. George Pallis is the CEO of Manual. Although he found it interesting that Mzansi has high gender equality rates when it comes to healthcare, he admitted that the results for our nation were ‘eye-opening’.

    It really is eye-opening to see the differences between genders and countries when it comes to health. Of the 156 countries studied, 41% and over half of the G20 have healthier men than women. But the fact remains that a greater percentage (58%) have healthier women.“

    “It’s important to remember, however, women are more likely to seek healthcare support, disclose symptoms and therefore receive a diagnosis. This could mean female gender health gaps aren’t as high in reality and why they live longer in every country.“

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