OECD health report: Majority of people overweight

Recently, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report regarding different aspects of health. Since 1970, all OECD countries have enjoyed a 10-year increase in life expectancy.
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According to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, approximately 53% of Israelis are overweight.

The Health at a Glance report states that Israel is ranked 15th out of 43 countries, while the average rate of overweight adults in the OECD countries is 54%. In addition, 19% of adults in the OECD suffer from obesity, compared with 17% in Israel.

According to the report, since 1970, all OECD countries have enjoyed a 10-year rise in life expectancy, reaching an average of 80.6 years. The highest life expectancy was recorded in Japan (83.9 years), Spain and Switzerland (83 years), while the lowest was recorded in Latvia (74.6 years) and Mexico (75 years).

The report also shows that smoking rates have fallen in most OECD countries, although approximately one in five adults still smoke on a daily basis. In addition, since 2000, there has been a general decline in alcohol consumption, despite 13 countries where consumption increased.

Government expenditure on healthcare in OECD countries has risen by an average of 1.4% per year since 2009. The report shows that a 10% increase in health expenditure per capita would have raised average life expectancy by approximately 3.5 months.



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