Sick of doom and gloom? Here are five happy health trends to that will help lift your spirits.
1. HIV and AIDS rates are down
Thanks to expanding access to treatment, both HIV infections and AIDS related deaths have declined significantly over the past decade–by 33 percent and 29 percent respectively over the past decade.
2. Clean drinking water is more abundant
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), since 1990, 2 billion people worldwide have gained access to improved drinking water in addition to 4 billion who now enjoy the highest water access (through piping)
3. Life expectancy is up
The global life-expectancy has risen steadily throughout the past two decades, with the average lifespan increasing 6 years to 72.7 from 1990 to now.
4. Measles deaths are down
According to the WHO Measles death have fallen a whopping 80 percent between 2000 to 2012 (from 562,000 to 122,000 worldwide). This decline is can largely be attributed to a WHO push towards vaccination.
5. Healthy eating is trending
The United States–now the second most obese nation in the world next to Mexico–has seen a surge in healthier eating choices. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Americans are cutting fat, calories, and cholesterol, and paving the way for healthier lifestyles.