The Lancet, one of the world’s foremost medical journals, based in the UK recently completed a study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The study identified causes of death in 187 countries around the world between 1980 and 2010. Guess what they found out?
“Deaths from non-communicable diseases rose by just under 8 million between 1990 and 2010, accounting for two of every three deaths (34.5 million) worldwide by 2010. 8 million people died from cancer in 2010, 38% more than two decades ago;” “…Ischaemic heart disease and stroke collectively killed 12.9 million people in 2010, or one in four deaths worldwide, compared with one in five in 1990; 1.3 million deaths were due to diabetes, twice as many as in 1990.”
Fatalities due to hunger and other communicable diseases have decreased since 1980 making way for heart disease, diabetes, cancer (non-communicable diseases) to rise, not just in America, but worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. For the full summary and other information from The Lancet, click here.
While any cause of death is lamentable, death by non-communicable diseases lead to by obesity can be prevented. It’s most sad knowing that one’s fate in this case is alterable. Heart disease, diabetes, etc. can be reversed with proper diet and exercise and an overall shift in one’s outlook on self and life. There will always be some leading cause of death but now that this study has proven what we have come to realize in the last few years, let’s do something about it. Changing ones diet and boosting exercise doesn’t involve massive amounts of tax payer money, pharmaceutical companies, government spending, whatever else. It starts with self and the desire for a happier, healthier, energetic, longer life.