These are the world's unhealthiest countries

Statistics show a strong correlation between a nation's wealth and its levels of 'healthiness'

News Desk September 25, 2016
A man is photographed on a square decorated with a giant world map. PHOTO: REUTERS

The unhealthiest country in the world is Central African Republic, while Pakistan is listed as the 40th unhealthiest country in the world, according to a new research.

A study, conducted by researchers at the University of Seattle, is based on the UN’s health-related Sustainable Development Goals. A map from Statista shows there is a strong correlation between a nation's wealth and its levels of 'healthiness'.

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However, even though the US is the richest country on Earth, it stood behind countries such as Slovenia and Brunei. The low ranking was mainly attributed to deaths caused by childhood obesity, HIV and alcohol.

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Surprisingly, oil-rich Qatar, despite having the highest per capita GDP on the planet also scored a low 89 on the list of the healthiest countries in the world, published in the Lancet medical journal.

Although Russia and India are the two biggest economies in the world, they were placed 119th and 143rd respectively. Somalia and South Sudan stood at the bottom of the rankings. The healthiest nation, according to the study is Iceland, followed by Singapore and Sweden.

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Here is the list of the top ten unhealthiest countries:

1. Central African Republic

2. Somalia

3. South Sudan

4. Niger

5. Chad

6. Democratic Republic of Congo

7. Burundi

8. Mali

9. Afghanistan

10. Sierra Leone

The top ten healthiest countries in the world are:

1. Iceland

2. Singapore

3. Sweden

4. Andorra

5. UK

6. Finland

7. Spain

8. Netherlands

9. Canada

10. Australia


This article originally appeared on Indy100


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