More than 95 per cent of the world’s population is ill, an analysis based on the 2013 Global Burden of Disease Study found. In 2013, two conditions — musculoskeletal problems (like low back pain, neck pain and arthritis) and mental health disorders (mainly depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse) accounted for nearly half of all loss of healthy years of life, the report’s authors said.
The study also found a “startling” rise in ill health between 1990 and 2013 due to diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
So, what has really changed between year 1990 and now, that we are seeing so many people getting sick?
Here are The Five Reasons So Many People are Getting Sick:-
- Popularity of processed food: The diet of most of the people living in cities consists of highly processed foods and meat, added fat and sugar and lots of refined grains. This kind of diet is either ready to eat or easy to make. It’s tasty, addictive, economical and has more shelf life. But it costs much more indirectly by affecting the health, and hence increasing the medical expenses.
- Decrease in portion of income spent on food: In 1960 Americans spent 17.5 percent of their income on food and 5.2 percent of national income on health care. Since then, those numbers have flipped: Spending on food has fallen to 9.9 percent, while spending on heath care has climbed to 16 percent of national income. So, its easy to conclude that by spending a little more on healthier food we could reduce the amount we have to spend on heath care. While it is true that many people simply can’t afford to pay more for food, either in money or time or both, many more of us can. For the majority of Americans, spending more for better food is less a matter of ability than priority.
- Mire of Food Industry Propaganda: The food companies (processed food and junk food companies) taint the research, they taint the politics and they even have their trolls spreading propaganda on the web. We live in a world where money governs pretty much everything… and the junk food companies have a lot of money.Unfortunately, they also exert their financial influences on the same organizations that are in charge of telling us what to eat. Just look at the sponsors of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetics Association):Seriously… how could anyone possibly trust a health organization that is sponsored by the companies who are selling the food that is making us sick?If you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.
- Sedentary Lifestyle: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60 to 85% of the population worldwide does not engage in enough activity. Making physical inactivity the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, you may not be able to counteract the effects brought on by a lack of activity throughout the rest of your day. Rather, the solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall. Simply by swapping out your chair for a treadmill desk or bike desk a few hours a day, you can significantly reduce the effects caused by inactivity.
- Workplace Stress: Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. A 1999 government report found that the number of hours worked increased 8% in one generation to an average 47 hrs/week with 20% working 49 hrs/week. Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon and can vary widely even in identical situations for different reason.
How to Change the Situation?
Addressing these issues will require a shift in work culture and health priorities around the world. Some things will need time to change but there are others that you can change when ever you want. These are:-
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
- Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of your milk.
- Avoid snacking frequently. If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not hungry.
- Snack Healthy. If you are feeling hungry, eat fresh fruits or plain nuts.
- Do all your eating at a table and try not to eat alone. This will help you slow down and enjoy your meals more.
- Buy smaller glasses and plates to control the portions of food you eat.
- Skip the supplements. Once you have started eating balanced diet that mainly consists of vegetables, fruits, beans/pulses, unrefined flour, brown rice, unrefined oils like olive oil, then you can safely skip the vitamin supplements. Vitamin supplements are meant for people with nutritional deficiencies, elderly people and people with problem in absorbing nutrients from their gut.
- Stay active at home and at office. Exercising for 30 minutes per day is not enough. Stay active the entire day.
- Break the rules once in a while. Decades of obsessing about nutrition — eating low-fat this and low-carb that, drinking sugar-free sodas and vitamin-enhanced water — haven’t made us thinner or healthier.
- It’s time we ate like our great-grandmas.
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
- Nutrition Industry Sold Out