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Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Jul 25, 2012.
This is sad, very sad that the US didn't even make the top ten.
It's always great to take someone's grossly over simplified study and just roll over and accept it as gospel.
How is Japan the most kid friendly country when their child suicide rate is one of the highest (if not the highest) in the world?
Apparently the kids in Japan don't go by the same three simplistic measures that the authors of this "study" do.
The study is very accurate - if all you are tallying is the three factors listed. I'm sure the U.S. fell terribly short in the area of nutrition. But child/infant mortality rates are what they are and so are school enrollment rates.
It's not that the study is untruthful, it's the title of the article that is misleading as there are other factors that contribute to a child's successful matriculation into adulthood.
If the study used the same criteria for "infant mortality" rate as the World Health Organization does - it is misleading.
In the case of the WHO - in the U.S. it is common for premature babies to be placed in incubators and given special life saving procedures. The premies that can not be saved are counted as deaths for infant mortalities purposes.
In other less advanced countries premies are set aside to die and are not counted.
The result is a supposed higher infant mortality rate for the U.S. even though more babies survive.
I am guessing that in countries like Japan that are high on the list in Crabby's article - less than perfect babies are allowed to die at birth or are aborted due to the one child culture.
If you are only going to have one child then you would want it to be a "good one".