Not the greatest of surprises

The \”State of the Tropics\” study, run by 13 institutions across 12 countries, reported that people living in the world\’s tropical zones in 2010 had an average life expectancy of 64.4 years.

This was 7.7 years less than those living in non-tropical areas, according to the broad-ranging research project, which was initiated by Australia\’s James Cook University (JCU).

You\’d get the same result if you simply mapped GDP per capita around the world.

For average lifespans are influenced by wealth and the countries in the tropics tend to be the poor ones.

3 comments on “Not the greatest of surprises

  1. You’d get a better result if you mapped GDP per capita. Because the tropics are a diverse region. It includes Singapore (where the average life expectancy is 81 years and they are richer than the UK), Kenya (where a third of the country is malnurished and life expectancy may be 57 or so but no one really knows), and Ecuador (who knows because they don’t seem to keep count).

  2. I wonder how much malaria and other tropical diseases come into play here? Regardless of your wealth, there are more things which can kill you in the tropics than on the North York Moors.

  3. Tim Newman – “I wonder how much malaria and other tropical diseases come into play here? Regardless of your wealth, there are more things which can kill you in the tropics than on the North York Moors.”

    As long as Jimmy Savile wasn’t letting Sutcliffe out, you’re probably right. But however much diseases love the tropics, so does everything else. Almost everything grows there and grows fast. Which is why until recently the richest parts of the world were in the tropics – Britain went to India because it had a lot more goodies than Britain did.

    Good government came to Europe. It did not come, has not yet come either, to the tropics.

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