English Are Healthier Than Americans at Almost Every Age
April 20, 2011 — Americans have higher rates of chronic illness at almost every age than people in England, a new study shows.
Americans were significantly more likely to be obese or underweight, have diabetes or asthma, or suffer a heart attack than their counterparts across the Atlantic, lead author Melissa L. Martinson, PhD, from Princeton University, New Jersey, and colleagues report in the April issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. American women also were more likely than English women to have a history of angina, or a stroke after age 20 years P < .05 for all comparisons. Among men, the differences in the prevalence of heart attack and angina were most striking at younger ages.