Statistics Show US Population is Too Sick, Uneducated and Impoverished

Posted on January 24, 2014


Warning:  this is not a politically correct post.

Any  population will always have some individuals who are diseased, incompetent, weak, and generally unfit for reproduction or survival, to put it in Darwinian terms.  A healthy, competent, self-sufficient population will always have some minimal number of these individuals, but the majority of a successful population will be, well, successful.

Well, dear readers, there is a lot seriously wrong among our people; we are an increasingly unhealthy population scraping by in an unhealthy economy.  Have a look at these statistics, all dating from 2009-2013.

Our personal economics pretty much suck:  far too many of us qualify for government handouts for the poor, and an enormous number of us will experience significant financial hardship at some point in our lives.  This is not the image of a healthy economy or a stable, self-sufficient population.

80% of US adults will have some experience with poverty, unemployment, or the need for welfare at some point in their lives.

About 14.3% (1 person in 7) are on food stamps:  Supplemental Nutritional Assistance, or SNAP.

53% of all infants born in the US receive WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) nutritional assistance.

27% of all US households have at least one person who benefits from at least one means-tested poverty program:  Medicaid, SNAP, or subsidized lunches, for example.

40.7% of all births are out-of-wedlock.  Is that a bad thing?  Statistically and pragmatically, yes, it’s a bad thing (I told you I wasn’t going to be politically correct).  Poverty rates are highest for households headed by single women:  31.6%, more than double the national rate of 15.1%.  This is impoverishment that we do to ourselves… and our children.

Our national health is in a tailspin.  Too many of us are too fat, an alarming percentage are unable to reproduce naturally, and the majority of us seem unable to get through life without prescription drugs.  This isn’t normal!

12.5% of US couples are infertile.

35.7% of US adults are obese.

Nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  More than 50% are on two.  About 20% are on five or more.   20% of adults are on some kind of psychiatric medication.

More than 25% of insured children, and nearly 30% of adolescents aged 10-19, are on at least one prescription medication for a chronic condition.

11% of all school-age children have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Education:  in 2010, just 75% of our nation’s youth graduated from high school.   That’s bad enough, but the really sad part is that this was a bright spot in our recent history – the best we have done in the last 40 years!  Decade after decade, usually only about 70% graduate high school.  In a nation where a college degree has increasingly been seen as a necessary credential for good employment, it’s no surprise that high school dropouts have pretty dim prospects in life… and that’s 25%-30% of all of our young adults.

Our society over all hasn’t been doing so well either.  3.1% of the nation’s adult population is either in prison or on supervised parole.  0.7 percent are actually in prison.  That might not sound so bad, but it is the highest incarceration rate in the world (Well, okay, North Korea might be higher, but 1) that can’t be verified, and 2) Really? The only country worse than us on this point might be North Korea?).   It is an incalculable waste of human capital, as well as the financial capital needed to operate such a huge prison system.  Does it really makes us safer to lock up nonviolent offenders who could make restitution in other ways?  No – it just makes us economically weaker as a nation.

And here’s the all-around measure of the general unfitness of the population:  75% of our nation’s youth aged 17-24 are unfit for military service, due to obesity, criminal records, educational deficits or other problems.  Dear readers, it shouldn’t be all that hard to just qualify to get in to the military… we’re not talking about  Delta Force or Rangers or even the regular Infantry, but just being a cook, a mechanic, a radio operator, a truck driver.   All you have to do, basically, is graduate high school, not have a criminal record, not have disqualifying medical conditions, and not be too fat.  When 75% of our young adults – people in the prime of their lives – couldn’t do that if they wanted to, that is a sign that we are a weak, sick, drugged, maladjusted, uneducated and unhealthy population overall.

Any of these statistics is alarming in isolation.  Taken together, they paint the picture of a national disaster.