People, Asia Pacific, Health

Index shows money does not equal wellness

Responsible Business | Mar 12, 2019

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New research has found that national health and wellness outcomes are not entirely correlated with gross domestic product, and that some large, wealthy economies are underperforming when it comes to improving the lives of their citizens. The Indigo Wellness Index collated data from more than 150 countries, examining 10 metrics including blood pressure, obesity, alcohol use, depression, happiness and health spending. It found that many wealthy countries score poorly overall, including the USA, whose poor performance on obesity and blood pressure pushed it out of the top-25. Surprisingly, countries with low GDP per capita, such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, outperform their wealthier peers.

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