Obesity, violence hamper U.S. progress on U.N. health goals: study

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – The United States performs poorly in U.N. rankings on progress towards global health goals due to its high levels of violence, alcohol abuse and childhood obesity, a study has found. The research, published in The Lancet medical journal on Wednesday, offers the first assessment of 188 countries’ rankings against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to boost health by improving the environment, food and water and by easing poverty. More than 60 percent of the nations assessed have already met targets on reducing maternal and child death rates, the study showed, but none have met nine other targets including the elimination of tuberculosis and HIV or reducing prevalence of childhood obesity and violence.
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