To start with, I have lived in both worlds for years which is why I can talk about this topic. I do not expect everyone to agree with me, these are just my observations while living in both worlds. Most of the time, the life expectancy killers in underdeveloped societies are well known, but little is said about the indicators to watch in a developed nation.
Firstly, the number one life expectancy killer in any developed society is stress. I must credit all those who have lived all their life in a developed society, they are really hardworking people. Work related stressors are different for those in an underdeveloped nation. For example, industries in the developed world work for 24 hours, that is, in 8-hour shifts around the clock. Whereas, very few industries in underdeveloped societies open a business for 24 hours. Most of these countries have little or no functional manufacturing industries. In the developed world, most people have less time for their families because they have been rostered for morning, afternoon and night shifts on different days. Some people also do double shifts (16 hours), which means less sleep and less time to think about their future. In the underdeveloped world, most people work in the morning and return home by evening to relax and spend time with family and friends.
Let’s talk about accommodation in developed societies. Having a mortgage is another factor that puts a lot of stress on people in the developed world. More than 75% of people living in a developed society acquire their houses through a mortgage. Why? Because the land is expensive and governmental charges are also quite expensive. Whereas buying land is cheap in an underdeveloped society, and more than half build their houses without requiring a mortgage. In fact, there is no such thing in those societies. The pressure of keeping up with the fortnightly mortgage payment puts a lot of stress on families, especially when their job is not stable, or they are contract workers.
Finally, another factor that reduces life expectancy in the developed world is food. It might surprise you that most people in the underdeveloped world knowingly or unknowingly eat healthier food than those in developed societies. Most people are forced to eat more vegetables grown in their backyards or around their houses, not because they want to, but because it is the cheapest things they can afford. While those in a developed society also eat vegetables because they know it’s good for them, the percentage of those who consume vegetables daily is higher in the underdeveloped world. In the developed world, people tend to eat more fast foods such as pizza, fried chicken and chips, cakes, pies, hamburgers—mostly because of their busy schedule. Whereas, most people in an underdeveloped society prefer to buy fish and vegetables on their way home from work, to prepare a soup the whole family can eat, due to insufficient money.
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