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Why Living in Beijing Could Ruin Your Life

Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:36 pm

They keep coming!

"Why Living in Beijing Could Ruin Your Life

.If you want to be healthy for the rest of your life, don’t live in Beijing. Sure, the city’s life expectancy rates exceed those of the United States as a whole. But, according to data released Tuesday by Beijing’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the average 18-year-old Beijinger today should prepare to spend as much as 40 percent of those remaining, long years in less than full health, suffering from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis, among other ailments...

The true size of the gap, however, was shocking. While life expectancies have continued to grow, HALE numbers have gone backward. According to a summary published to the Beijing CDC’s website, the data showed that an 18-year-old male Beijinger now has a life expectancy of 80 years, and a shockingly low HALE of 61.4. Far worse, and almost defying believability, an 18-year-old female Beijinger has a life expectancy of 84, and a HALE of 56.06. In other words, she should expect to spend 28 years -- or roughly 41 percent of her remaining life -- in ill health...

At this point, Beijing doesn’t need another warning that it has a pollution problem. The city fathers need only look out the window. But hopefully, the CDC’s numbers impress upon them that their often apocalyptic urban environment is creating more than an image problem. It's spawning a major health crisis for themselves, their families and their city -- one that they need to address urgently." ... -your-life

Wonder what the HAL looks like for the residents of Northern Alberta?
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