Usually ACSH and I agree, and in this essay they say sensible things.
Why is there always a HOWEVER?
Well because I know stuff, for example life expectancy, if you eliminate trauma deaths, is high in the US.
We are not an unhealthy nation.
Our health is better now then ever, cancer deaths are on the decline, but the public health officials have to keep stirring the pot–now it’s obesity, but obesity is protective.
As for healthy eating and healthy lifestyles and preventitives OVERRATED.
There is no scientific evidence to establish that cancer can be prevented, but now the health experts call cancer preventable. NONSENSE, with the proven exception of smoking (not second hand smoke) and lung cancer. Of course if you have the wrong markers you can do oophorectomies and mastectomies to eliminate the risk, just like having a colon removed for ulcerative colitis or polyposis.
The advances in heart disease in and of itself is going to continue to improve life expectancies. The rate of diabetes is up but the diagnostic criteria are more sensitive too.
Epidemics and health crises are sometimes a product of more aggressive medical testing and diagnosis.