Having a hard time cutting back on sugar? I hope these statistics help. As Nietzsche rightly remarked, "He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how."
Our why is now disturbingly clear...
The Top 10 Most Shocking Reasons to Avoid Sugar
- The rate of obesity has more than doubled since 1980. [C]
- There are now about as many overweight people alive as there were total people alive a century ago. [H]
- More than 40 million children under 5 are overweight. [C]
- Childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among U.S. parents, topping drug abuse and smoking. [I]
- The rate of diabetes and pre-diabetes has increased about 100,000 percent in the last 100 years. [F] [G]
- Diet- and lifestyle-related diseases have overtaken tobacco as the leading cause of death in the U.S. and account for over $190 billion a year in health care spending. [D] [E]
- Obesity is shortening average life spans more than accidents, homicides and suicides combined. [A]
- About one in three American kids are overweight or obese. [B]
- Overweight children have a 70 percent chance of struggling with excess body fat for the rest of their lives. [J]
- Thanks to the obesity and diabetes epidemics, for the first time in U.S. history, today's children are expected to die at a younger age than their parents. [A]
Please be the change we need to see in the world. Eat real food (e.g., whole plants and humanely-raised animals vs. something a corporation engineered and stuffed with sugar) and help kids to do the same. The videos below will help you get started.
Yours in making "healthy" healthy again,
- Jonathan Bailor
A. Belluck, Pam. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/17/health/17obese.html
B. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999-2010. Journal of the American Medical Association 2012;307(5):483-490.
D. Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. J Health Econ. 2012; 31:219-30.
E. Ali H. Mokdad; James S. Marks; Donna F. Stroup; Julie L. Gerberding Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000 JAMA. 2004;291(10):1238-1245.
F. "Diabetes mellitus." Belinda Rowland., Teresa G. Odle., and Tish Davidson, A. M. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Ed. Laurie Fundukian. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 4 vols.
G. Popkin, Barry. The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race. New York: Avery, 2008. Print.
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