Unhealthy Russians live short and risky lives
Thursday 15 May 1997
And yet: despite all this slaughter, demographers believe your chances of survival to the age of 60 are slightly higher than those of your counterparts at the end of the 20th century.
A report compiled by a presidential commission in Moscow shows that between 1889 and today, 16-year-old males had a 56 per cent chance of reaching the age of 60. According to the researchers, modern mortality rates have shaved 2 per cent off those odds. The findings are symptoms of a crisis which has engulfed Russia since the collapse in the Soviet Union. Its population dropped by 350,000 in 1996 and its death rate is higher than any in Europe or the United States, and above most in Africa and Asia.
The Population Reference Service, a US research firm, estimates Russia's 147 million population will drop to 123 million in the next 33 years. The causes are multiple: the collapse of the state health system; an epidemic of heart disease accelerated by smoking, a terrible diet and rampant alcoholism; an unhealthy environment, and dismal safety standards.
To these trends, the report, compiled by the Commission on Women, Family and Demography, adds some depressing details: the odds of dying of accidental poisoning in Russia are 20 times higher than they are in the US; and men are 20 times more likely to die through murder than in Western Europe.
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 2 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 4 Yes, the iPhone 6 is a miracle, but it's Apple's tax affairs that deserve a double take
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- < Previous
- Next >
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE NQ to MID LEVEL - An e...
Highly Attractive Pakage: Austen Lloyd: MANCHESTER - A highly attractive oppor...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (Campaigns, Offlin...
£90000 - £135000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Marketing (B2C, Acquisition...