Unhealthy country in the world – Saint Lucia 2nd

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Boat Party in St. Lucia
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Binge drinking, blood pressure, and blood glucose scores made Saint Lucia the second most unhealthy country in the world.

A new global health ranking has identified the world’s healthiest — and most unhealthy — countries in 2019.

The Indigo Wellness Index, compiled and led by Richard Davies at economics consultancy Bloomsbury Economics and published by investment business LetterOne in the new journal Global Perspectives, is one of the most comprehensive to date, covering 191 countries across the globe.

The Index created a series of rankings based on 10 key measures, ordering the countries from the weakest performers (ranked 1) to the strongest (ranked, for example, 191).

The 10 measures were healthy life expectancy, blood pressure, blood glucose (diabetes risk), obesity, depression, happiness, alcohol use, tobacco use, inactivity (too little exercise), and government spending on healthcare.

It then calculated a ratio to asses how close each country is to the best score overall — the worst score is 0, while the best score is 1.