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Britons healthier than Americans — JAMA study, 2006

"The US population in late middle age is less healthy than the equivalent British population for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, lung disease, and cancer."

— The Journal of the American Medical Association, 3 May 2006

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England is not the healthiest country amongst its European neighbors.

The question is "why is the UK healthier than the United States?"

The JAMA study noted that England spends about 40% as much per capita for the health care of its residents.

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• The English drink more than the Americans.

• They smoke about as many cigarettes.

• The British health authority, the National Health Service, is roundly criticized for its inefficiency.

• English cuisine is not renowned for its healthful attributes.