Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Leading Causes of Death, Compared

October 13, 2014

These circles represent the major causes of death in England with the circle size corresponding to the number of people. Click through for an interactive version.

–from the UK’s National Health Service


Current Ebola Outbreak Worst Recorded

August 2, 2014

The current ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Nigeria is the worst to day by a very large margin. More then 1,200 have been infected so far. More than twice the previous high infection count are already affected and it shows no signs of stopping.

–from the WHO

Airplanes Exceptionally Safe

June 4, 2014

Airplanes continue to get safer both in absolute numbers as well as compared to the number of passengers. In 1970, there ~250 million passengers and 1,500 deaths. Today, there are nearly three billion passengers, but only 500 deaths, or a negligible risk of death.

–from The Economist

Centenarians Happy to Live Long, Enjoyed Their 30’s Most

May 7, 2014



Centenarians, when not conflicted, enjoyed their 30’s most out of their lifespan and the vast majority are now widowed. Around 7% of 100+ year-olds never married.


–From The Washington Post

Over 25% of American Boys Eat Pizza on Any Given Day

February 11, 2014

This chart shows the percentage of people, by age, who eat pizza on any given day. Over a quarter of boys age 6-19 eat pizza every day. This culinary love affair winds down beginning at age 20, and declining to 6% over age 60.

–from The USDA and The Atlantic

Americans Not Buying Enough Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables

January 21, 2014

This chart shows the mis-match between what Americans should be spending their food budgets on versus what they are. Refined grains had the largest over-spend, while whole fruits had the least spending compared to recommended amounts.

–from the USDA

Obesity and Income

January 20, 2014

It’s a challenge to sort out the relationship between income and obesity. As women get richer, they are less likely to be obese. This same trend does not hold for men, especially black and Mexican-American men, who get more obese out of poverty than in it. Obesity tends to economically affect women greatly, with weight more than two standard deviations beyond normal resulting in 9% less pay.

–from The Atlantic

Healthcare as a Percent of GDP is Shrinking

January 7, 2014

Health care spending grew by 3.7% in 2012, one percent slower than the economy in general. This comes after years of slowing growth rates.

–from The Washington Post

US Healthcare Most Expensive, Not Most Effective

November 25, 2013

The US has the highest health care costs in the OECD, but has a lower life expectancy. It’s a significant outlier.

–data from OECD

Diets Across the World

October 8, 2013



This wonderful visualization shows eating patterns across the world and there some notable trends–especially the idea that wealthier nations eat significantly less grains/cereals than poorer nations.

–from The Atlantic Cities