Do you have a fear of dying a horrible, painful death - like being eaten by a shark? A lot of people do, but the good news is that it’s extremely unlikely. The health website Six Wise .com came up with this list of some of the most feared but least likely ways to die. Let’s start with that shark.
- Shark attacks are rare - so stop watching “Jaws” because it only feeds your fear. Even if you live by the beach, your chances of being attacked by a shark are 1 in 11-and-a-half million. In the past 400 years, there have been less than two-thousand shark attacks in the whole world. And of those, only 38 people died.
- Now, the fear shared by the most people is probably an airplane crash. Millions of people have a fear of flying - which is really a fear of crashing and dying. But according to aviation safety experts, your chance of being involved in a fatal airline accident is once every 19-thousand years.
- Also, lately you may worry that you’ll be killed in a terrorist attack. But historically, your chances of dying that way are just 1 in 9.3 million.
So listen up all you worry-warts - what you should be worrying about are the ways most people really die. In fact, instead of worrying, you can TAKE ACTION - because most of these leading causes of death are preventable. Like:
- Smoking is the leading cause of death in North America, with 435-thousand per year, which is almost 20% of the total deaths. Put down the smokes and your risk drops dramatically.
- Poor diet and physical inactivity is close behind with 400-thousand deaths.
- And behind those are deaths from alcohol, motor vehicle crashes, gun accidents, and drug use.