Health Statistics: Comfort

  • # Americans with lower back pain problems: 31 million (about 1/10 of the population).
  • Fraction of days missed from work that are attributable to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): 1/3.
  • % of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) due to musculoskeletal disorders (worldwide): 7%
    • Note: “The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.”  (Source: Wikipedia)
    • DALY = YLL + YLD
      • For a nice infographic of this, see here:
  • % people satisfied with the thermal environment of their workplace: 11%
  • Body temperature range: 97 to 100 degrees F (36 to 38 degrees C)
    • Regulated by hypothalamus

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