In 1964, United States had Small Families and Long Life Expectancy and as we might expect, Viet Nam had Large Families and Short Life Expectancy. But things changed. In 2003, United States still had Small Families and Long Life Expectancy, but Viet Nam had caught up. In 2003, Viet Nam’s Family Size and Life Expectancy were identical to the U.S. Rates in 1974 at the end of the Viet Nam Conflict.
from TED, posted on the gapminder.org website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUwS1uAdUcI