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Britain still great – but distinctly overweight, global quality of life index shows.
By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor 6:15AM BST 03 Apr 2014

See also; Editors Note and ReMEDI Rx Questions for Clinicians and Global Medics at end of article.

 

Britain is still great – but distinctly overweight – global quality of life index shows UK outranks the US, France, Japan and Italy in rankings of world’s most advanced countries but held back on health measures by high obesity rates.

Grumbling might be our national pastime but, according to a major new international ranking, people in Britain enjoy one of the highest qualities of life any of the world’s leading countries.

The UK scores ahead of Japan, the US, France and Italy and only a fraction lower than Germany on the “Social Progress Index”, a new international measure designed to rival GDP.

But the measure also shows Britain’s status as one of the fattest countries in the world is holding it back in health rankings.
Overall the UK emerges as the 13th out of 132 countries around the world in the international barometer of success, which combines statistics on everything from health and housing to educational standards and water quality.

The index, compiled by a team of economists led by Prof Michael Porter, of Harvard Business School in the US, is designed as an alternative to traditional measures such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is based on purely economic standards.

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More than 50 separate sets of figures from bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), measuring quality of life and success, are converted into a single score. Although a pilot version was published last year using data from 50 countries, it is the first time a ranking has been produced covering most of the world.

2014 Social Progress Index (SPI)
COUNTRY    RANK    SCORE    PPP GDP PER CAPITAChad    132    32.6    1,870
Central African Republic    131    34.17    943
Burundi    130    37.33    483
Guinea    129    37.41    921
Sudan    128    38.45    1,894
Angola    127    39.93    5,262
Niger    126    40.1    674
Yemen    125    40.23    2,145
Pakistan    124    42.4    2,402
Nigeria    123    42.65    2,335
Togo    122    42.8    906
Mauritania    121    43.11    2,244
Liberia    120    44.02    560
Madagascar    119    44.28    843
Iraq    118    44.84    3,659
Mozambique    117    45.23    882
Cameroon    116    45.51    2,025
Djibouti    115    45.95    2,051
Tanzania    114    46.06    1,380
Mali    113    46.85    1,047
Burkina Faso    112    47.33    1,304
Uganda    111    47.75    1,165
Congo, Republic of    110    47.99    3,815
Malawi    109    48.79    660
Swaziland    108    48.87    4,522
Lesotho    107    48.94    1,692
Benin    106    49.11    1,364
Rwanda    105    49.46    1,167
Zambia    104    49.88    1,475
Kenya    103    50.2    1,522
India    102    50.24    3,341
Nepal    101    51.58    1,276
Cambodia    100    51.89    2,150
Bangladesh    99    52.04    1,622
Laos    98    52.41    2,522
Senegal    97    53.52    1,671
Ghana    96    55.96    1,764
Tajikistan    95    56.05    1,920
Iran    94    56.65    10,405
Kyrgyzstan    93    57.08    2,077
Uzbekistan    92    57.34    3,095
Morocco    91    58.01    4,573
China    90    58.67    7,958
Mongolia    89    58.97    4,708
Indonesia    88    58.98    4,272
Algeria    87    59.13    7,400
Kazakhstan    86    59.47    11,973
Sri Lanka    85    59.71    5,384
Egypt    84    59.97    5,795
Lebanon    83    60.05    12,592
Guyana    82    60.06    2,930
Moldova    81    60.12    2,951
Russia    80    60.79    15,177
Cuba    79    61.07    n/a
Namibia    78    61.19    6,520
Honduras    77    61.28    3,657
Guatemala    76    61.37    4,397
Jordan    75    61.92    5,289
Nicaragua    74    62.33    3,510
Azerbaijan    73    62.44    8,871
Paraguay    72    62.65    5,290
Bolivia    71    62.9    4,552
South Africa    69    62.96    9,860
Tunisia    70    62.96    8,442
Dominican Republic    68    63.03    8,794
Venezuela    67    63.78    11,623
Georgia    66    63.94    5,086
Saudi Arabia    65    64.38    27,346
Turkey    64    64.62    13,737
El Salvador    63    64.7    6,125
Ukraine    62    64.91    6,394
Bosnia and Herzegovina    61    64.99    7,356
Armenia    60    65.03    7,374
Thailand    59    65.14    8,463
Belarus    58    65.2    13,427
Botswana    57    65.6    14,109
Philippines    56    65.86    3,801
Peru    55    66.29    9,431
Mexico    54    66.41    13,067
Montenegro    53    66.8    10,602
Colombia    52    67.24    9,143
Romania    51    67.72    11,444
Ecuador    50    68.15    8,443
Macedonia    49    68.33    9,323
Albania    48    69.13    8,123
Trinidad and Tobago    47    69.88    23,260
Brazil    46    69.97    10,264
Malaysia    45    70    14,822
Bulgaria    44    70.24    12,178
Jamaica    43    70.39    7,083
Argentina    42    70.59    11,658
Serbia    41    70.61    9,683
Kuwait    40    70.66    40,102
Israel    39    71.4    27,296
Panama    38    72.58    14,320
United Arab Emirates    37    72.92    36,267
Croatia    36    73.31    16,005
Greece    35    73.43    20,922
Mauritius    34    73.68    13,056
Lithuania    33    73.76    18,799
Hungary    32    73.87    17,033
Latvia    31    73.91    15,826
Chile    30    76.3    15,848
Italy    29    76.93    26,310
Korea, Republic of    28    77.18    27,991
Poland    27    77.44    18,304
Uruguay    26    77.51    13,821
Costa Rica    25    77.75    11,156
Slovakia    24    78.93    21,175
Czech Republic    23    80.41    23,815
Portugal    22    80.49    21,032
Spain    21    80.77    26,395
France    20    81.11    29,819
Estonia    19    81.28    18,927
Slovenia    18    81.65    24,483
Belgium    17    82.63    32,639
United States    16    82.77    45,336
Ireland    15    84.05    36,723
Japan    14    84.21    31,425
United Kingdom    13    84.56    32,671
Germany    12    84.61    34,819
Austria    11    85.11    36,200
Australia    10    86.1    35,669
Denmark    9    86.55    32,363
Finland    8    86.91    31,610
Canada    7    86.95    35,936
Sweden    6    87.08    34,945
Norway    5    87.12    47,547
Netherlands    4    87.37    36,438
Iceland    3    88.07    33,880
Switzerland    2    88.19    39,293
New Zealand    1    88.24    25,857

Showing 1 to 132 of 132 entries

 

New Zealand tops the table, ranked the best place in the world on measures as diverse as individual rights and sanitation, just ahead of Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands. Several of the top 10 spots are taken by Scandinavian countries while Canada, at seventh, was the highest-ranking member of the G8 in the table.

Britain comes in two places above its nearest neighbour, Ireland, in the rankings. But Germany inches ahead of the UK by a fraction of a single point, significantly scoring more highly in the “health and wellbeing” category.

While Britain is 13th overall, it plunges to 37th for health – one of the lowest rankings for comparable western countries – primarily because of its obesity levels. With around a quarter of the population in the UK officially classed as obese, the country ranks 109th out of 132 countries on the measure.

Mexico languishes as the most obese country in the western world, just ahead of the US. Meanwhile Japan, renowned for its people’s longevity, is the healthiest country in the world, with obesity levels less than a fifth of those in the UK.

Italy, which also routinely scores highly in longevity studies, comes second for health and well being.

Health: how Britain compares
COUNTRY    HEALTH AND WELLNESS RANKJapan    1 / 132
Italy    2 / 132
Australia    5 / 132
Netherlands    10 / 132
Ireland    11 / 132
Spain    12 / 132
Canada    13 / 132
France    14 / 132
Austria    17 / 132
Germany    19 / 132
Belgium    34 / 132
New Zealand    35 / 132
United Kingdom    37 / 132
Portugal    48 / 132
Mexico    54 / 132
United States    70 / 132
Russia    130 / 132

 

Britain beats the world for education, with more top ranked universities than any other country. It has the lowest levels of human trafficking, and malnutrition in the study and shares top spot for a series of measures of “personal rights” which includes areas such as freedom of speech and assembly as well as having world beating school enrolment figures.

Britain also stakes a claim to being the most connected country in the world, with the highest number of mobile phone subscriptions per hundred people.

But notably the UK falls to 21st place for “press freedom” – lower than other comparable countries. And despite having some of the lowest murder rates in the world, Britain scores less well than its rivals for “personal safety”, largely because of a higher-than-average score for fear of crime.

Michael Green, executive director of the Social Progress Imperative, which publishes the index, said that the UK’s overall ranking almost exactly matched its position in GDP tables. “It is more socially advanced than either Belgium, France, Ireland or Spain but loses out to all the Nordic countries, and to Germany by a single ranking,” he said.

“The UK is let down by its poor score on ‘health and wellness’ and the findings also illustrate ongoing problems with ‘personal safety’.” The study notes that despite the very similar overall scores for the UK and Germany there were “striking differences” – with Britain, like the US, scoring highly for individualism but lower on measures relating to the social safety net.

Editor’s Note;
Obesity, see how Britain compares with other obese countries and see %age population who are obese. (You will need to go onto the Daily Telegraph Website to see this chart but it is worth looking at, just click on the link below).
ReMEDI Rx Questions for Clinicians and Global Medics;
Which are the healthiest countries in the world? and why?
Where in the world would you be happiest to  work as a doctor or other healthcare professional? and why?
What are the differences between the Social Progress Index (SPI) and the GDP of a country?
Using clear concise, clinical English, how would you extract and communicate a summary of the above information to a clinical colleague?
As a qualified health professional, how would you help patients who are obese, locally, nationally and globally?
What do you understand about; “Prevention is better than Cure” and how could this saying be applied to healthcare in;
Your homeland? The hospital where you work? The UK? Europe? and Globally?
What do you know about the World Health Organisation?

 

Click the link below to read the article in the Daily Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10740555/Britain-still-great-but-distinctly-overweight-global-quality-of-life-index-shows.html – article