Christian Schneider

Author, Columnist

Here’s How You’re Going to Die

A much-discussed graphic has surfaced on the internet, which graphically demonstrates the leading causes of death in the United States. It has come to be known as the “death spiral” chart. Apparently, it was originally developed by National Geographic magazine a few years ago to give people a visual representation of what they were most likely to die from.

Here it is:

The first thing I noticed was the “total odds of dying, any cause: 1 in 1.” Man, I need a better bookie.

Strangely, they also list “Air/Space Accident” on the list. How many deaths are attributable to “Space?” Does that count the aliens that come down to Earth to off us?

What I found most interesting about the graph is that the leading cause of death, heart disease, is also the most preventable. Study after study shows that eating right and exercise drops the risk of heart disease exponentially. Yet the threat of death doesn’t appear to be enough to scare people into living healthier lifestyles. That may be the true benefit of this graphic.

1 Comment

  1. What’s also interesting (from a gun ownership perspective) is the relative difference between the risk of death due to “accidental firearm discharge” compared to “firearm assault”… you know… for those who say that gun ownership is dangerous.

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