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Researchers: Americans Are Sicker Than People in the UK

Comstock/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- A Princeton University study finds that despite spending more on healthcare in the United States compared to England, Americans experience higher rates of chronic disease across all age groups.

The study compared health indicators in the U.S. and England from childhood through old age for conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol levels. Americans had higher rates for most chronic diseases.

The authors conclude that Americans are at a health disadvantage compared to the English. One reason for this difference may be that the health care system in United Kingdom is targeted towards preventive health care compared to American health care.

But critics of the study found some problems. They say that the researchers did not compare the same years, and the samples sizes were different.

The study is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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