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The United States is a deeply unhappy place. We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression. It isn't just our economy that is falling apart - the very fabric of society is starting to come apart at the seams and it is because of what is happening to us on the inside. The facts and statistics that I am going to share with you in this article are quite startling. They are clear evidence that America is a nation that is an advanced state of decline. We are overwhelmed by fear, stress and anxiety, and much of the time the ways that we choose to deal with those emotions lead to some very self-destructive behaviors. Americans have experienced a standard of living far beyond the wildest dreams of most societies throughout human history, and yet we are an absolutely miserable people. Why is this? Why is America #1 in so many negative categories? Why are we constantly looking for ways to escape the pain of our own lives? Why are our families falling apart? There is vast material wealth all around us. So why can't we be happy?
The following is a collection of facts and statistics that prove that America is being absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression...
-Suicide has now actually surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of "injury death" in the United States.
-More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.
-As I mentioned in another article, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.
-Nearly one out of every four women in the United States are taking antidepressants.
-The percentage of women taking antidepressants in the U.S. is higher than in any other country in the world.
-In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.
-Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.
-According to a recent article by David Kupelian, "one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all 'millennials' (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder."
-Tens of millions of Americans use alcohol and drugs to numb the pain that they are experiencing. In the United States today, there are about 28 million Americans with a drinking problem and about 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.
-More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.
-There are also tens of millions of Americans that try to deal with anxiety and stress by eating. Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.
-Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese. Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.
-Many people try to escape from the pain of reality by getting lost in entertainment. Incredibly, the United States is tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television each week.
-The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.
-The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.
-According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.
-At this point, approximately one out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.
-For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.
-The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.
-In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.
-The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.
-The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.
-If you can believe it, there are 20 million new STD infections in the United States every single year.
-The U.S. has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.
-It is estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.
-Sadly, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
-The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.
-Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.
-Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.
-America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a very wide margin.
Fear is one of the primary things that motivates the American people, and that is a very powerful weapon that can be used against us.
I try to have hope for America, but the sh!t is going to hit the fan. These statistics are just too out of control to sustain.
More at link!http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/america-1-in-fear-stress-anger-divorce-obes... more
Dinner guests chew on modern day obesity panics and the obsession with our eating habits. Fellow diner and author of Panic on a plate, Rob Lyons casts a critical glance at the very notion of ‘junk food’ and argues that there is no such thing. Instead, he suggests, we are now living longer, healthier and better lives as a result of industrial scale food production and the availability of fast food. Do you agree?Dinner guests chew on modern day obesity panics and the obsession with our eating... more
Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The
Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/13/health/global-burden-report/index.html?hpt=he_c2Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of... more
Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year, a new Environmental Working Group analysis shows. On average, people eat an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food in a 12-month period. The typical American adult weighs 179 pounds.
These figures raise a question: If you were planning on eating your body weight of anything in a year, wouldn’t you want tomake sure it was safe to eat?
Shockingly, virtually no long-term health studies have been done on consumption of genetically engineered food.
And there aren’t likely to be any such studies anytime soon. The government isn’t doing this kind of research and is not requiring it of the food industry. It isn’t even making it possible for independent scientists to do it, since under the law, those who hold patents on genetically engineered food get to decide in most cases what testing can – and cannot – be conducted.
As a result, the jury is still out – in fact, it hasn’t even heard the evidence – on whether genetically engineered food might cause health problems. And the answer to this question will likely remain unclear for years.
So what can consumers do in the meantime? Not much – unless they demand that genetically engineered food be labeled. At least then consumers would know whether the food they buy contains genetically engineered ingredients, and could decide for themselves if this is what they want for themselves and their families.
This basic right-to-know issue is only going to become more important in the future, because consumption of genetically engineered food is expected to grow substantially.
193 pounds of genetically engineered food is an underestimate
To calculate how much genetically engineered food people eat each year, EWG researchers started with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 data on per capita consumption of four foods commonly derived from genetically engineered crops: sugar, corn-based sweeteners, salad oil and “corn products.”
We estimated how much of each of these foods were likely to be genetically modified. We compared the consumption figures with the latest USDA data showing that 95 percent of the sugar beets, 93 percent of the soybeans and 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered. We also applied federal data showing that 79 percent of the salad oil consumed in the U.S. is soybean oil, and 55 percent of the sugar comes from sugar beets.
From these figures, EWG calculated that the average American annually consumes genetically engineered foods in these quantities: 68 pounds of beet sugar, 58 pounds of corn syrup, 38 pounds of soybean oil and 29 pounds of corn-based products, for a total of 193 pounds.
That’s a lot, but it’s likely to be an underestimate, since it does not account for all the genetically engineered foods that people eat. Other foods that commonly come in genetically engineered versions – but are not included in EWG’s calculations – are canola oil, cottonseed oil, papaya, yellow squash and soy products other than soybean oil. (EWG also excluded genetically engineered animal feed that people may consume indirectly by eating meat raised on genetically engineered crops.)
As more genetically engineered crops are approved and grown commercially, the average amount of genetically engineered food consumed would be expected to spike far above 193 pounds a year. EWG considered only three genetically engineered crops, but more than 30 others are currently being tested in field trials, including apples, barley, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, chili peppers, coffee, cranberries, cucumber, flax, grapefruit, kiwi, lentils, lettuce, melons, mustard, oats, olives, onions, peanuts, pears, peas, persimmons, pineapple,popcorn, radishes, strawberries, sugar cane, sunflower, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, walnuts and watercress.
While it is unclear how long it may take for these new genetically engineered crops to reach the market, this long list makes it likely that people could be eating two or three times their weight in GE food annually within the next decade.
Children, Hispanics likely eating more genetically engineered food
Some people are likely already eating more than their share of genetically engineered food. Hispanic Americans, for example, who typically eat between 2-to-3 times more corn flour than people of other ethnicities, would be expected to get an extra dose of genetically engineered food in their diet.
Similarly, data show that children eat more corn flour and sweeteners per pound of body weight than adults. Given how much of these ingredients tend to be derived from genetically engineered sources, kids are likely ingesting more genetically engineered food.
Taking a stand for their right to know should be reason enough for people to vote for labeling of genetically engineered foods. Here’s another good reason: Americans are eating their body weight in genetically engineered food every year – and have little idea where it’s coming from. That’s certainly something to chew on.
More at the linkAmericans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year,... more
Jennifer Livingston, an anchor for Wisconsin’s WKBT morning show, took a few minutes yesterday morning to address a viewer email that had been sent to her regarding her weight. What we’re left with is a beautiful and inspiring message...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43443Jennifer Livingston, an anchor for Wisconsin’s WKBT morning show, took a few... more
There is evidence that poor diet is one cause of Alzheimer's. If ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, this is it
When you raise the subject of over-eating and obesity, you often see people at their worst. The comment threads discussing these issues reveal a legion of bullies who appear to delight in other people's problems.
When alcoholism and drug addiction are discussed, the tone tends to be sympathetic. When obesity is discussed, the conversation is dominated by mockery and blame, though the evidence suggests that it may be driven by similar forms of addiction.
I suspect that much of this mockery is a coded form of snobbery: the strong association between poor diets and poverty allows people to use this issue as a cipher for something else they want to say, which is less socially acceptable.
But this problem belongs to all of us. Even if you can detach yourself from the suffering caused by diseases arising from bad diets, you will carry the cost, as a growing proportion of the health budget will be used to address them. The cost – measured in both human suffering and money – could be far greater than we imagined. A large body of evidence now suggests that Alzheimer's is primarily a metabolic disease. Some scientists have gone so far as to rename it: they call it type 3 diabetes.
New Scientist carried this story on its cover on 1 September; since then I've been sitting in the library, trying to discover whether it stands up. I've now read dozens of papers on the subject, testing my cognitive powers to the limit as I've tried to get to grips with brain chemistry. Though the story is by no means complete, the evidence so far is compelling.
About 35 million people suffer from Alzheimer's disease worldwide; current projections, based on the rate at which the population ages, suggest that this will rise to 100 million by 2050. But if, as many scientists now believe, it is caused largely by the brain's impaired response to insulin, the numbers could rise much further. In the United States, the percentage of the population with type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to obesity, has almost trebled in 30 years. If Alzheimer's, or "type 3 diabetes", goes the same way, the potential for human suffering is incalculable.
(click on the link for the full article)There is evidence that poor diet is one cause of Alzheimer's. If ever there was a... more
The story of twelve-year-old Elijah Earnheart, who, at six-one and 297 pounds, was recently told he couldn’t play in a Mesquite Pee Wee football league, ended up as a top story on ESPN’s home page. It also found its way to Deadspin, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other news outlets.
Richard Ray and Tracy Delatte of KDFW Fox 4 had the original report earlier this week (watch Ray’s TV piece, above).
The six-foot-tall Earnheart spent three weeks practicing with the Mesquite Vikings before being informed, after the pre-season weigh-in, that league rules prohibit any seventh graders who are over 135 pounds.
Earnheart could instead play in a school league, but he’s actually fairly new to the game, and therefore possibly not ready for the school level.
“I don’t want to play in school right now because it’s people that’s had experience and I want to get some experience first and then start playing,” he told KDFW. “I just want to play because my teammates are my friends. I know them. I don’t want to go play for somebody else I don’t know.”
Elijah’s mother, Cindy Earnheart, has made signs and shirts that say, “Let Elijah Play.”
Full Story: http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/sports/297-pound-twelve-year-old-called-too-big-play-footballThe story of twelve-year-old Elijah Earnheart, who, at six-one and 297 pounds, was... more
If you’re a US citizen, there’s a one-in-three chance that you’re also obese. Now after failed attempt after failed attempt at slimming down citizens, a federal panel is pushing to force overweight Americans into counseling.
The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) introduced their latest plans to help push down the obesity rate in America this week, and their newest effort calls for more than just urging people to exercise. The federal panel of medical experts is asking primary care physicians to put obese Americans into intensive counseling programs in order to combat the epidemic.
"Obesity is a very serious health problem in the United States, and in the past 30 years, obesity rates have dramatically increased," Task Force member Dr. David Grossman, a pediatrician at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, says in the USPSTF press release put out on Monday. "The good news is that is that even modest weight loss can reduce health risks for people who are obese. And, there is strong scientific evidence that shows that intensive programs with 12 to 26 sessions in the first year can help people manage their weight."
While experts have long argued for urging obese Americans into specialized programs to push healthier habits on them, the USPSTF is asking physicians to place any patient with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more into counseling. Currently more than one-third of adults meet that criterion, with non-Hispanic black adults more than 44 percent likely to be considered obese.
According to a report compiled earlier this year by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42 percent of the US population will be obese within the next two decades. At the time of that publishing, the Institute of Medicine’s Shiriki Kumanyika told Reuters that "People have heard the advice to eat less and move more for years, and during that time a large number of Americans have become obese.” Advice, many argue, hasn’t been enough, though.
“The average person cannot maintain a healthy weight in this obesity-promoting environment,” added Kumanyika.
The USPSTF has been urging primary care doctors to screen patients for obesity as early as 2003, but if their new guidelines are adopted, physicians will be prompted to push for counseling outside of their office. What’s more is that, if US President Barack Obama’s healthcare law passes scrutiny from the Supreme Court this week, Medicare and most private insurers will be forced to cover most or all of the proposed counseling programs — something that is certain to attract opponents of all size. If justices in Washington refuse Obama’s plan, however, the recommendations will likely be refused.
Full Story: http://rt.com/usa/news/force-obese-counseling-us-799/If you’re a US citizen, there’s a one-in-three chance that you’re... more
What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.
Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?
http://www.documentaryflicks.com/view/forks-over-knivesWhat has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we... more
Swine on ice!
"Coca-Cola argues that there is not a scientific link between obesity and sugary drinks." Okay I’ve had it with this. Can someone start a petition campaign to just pull this company’s corporate charter? There is no reason We, the People should tolerate this. One more company that is harming our health, and then trying to use the tobacco-company, climate-denier "doubt is our product" strategy to keep the profits flowing. Enough!"Coca-Cola argues that there is not a scientific link between obesity and sugary... more
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Gluten sensitivity affects many people around the world. Learn how Dow has developed a plant-based cellulose that mimics gluten attributes and helps gluten-free bread, pasta and dough taste more like the real thing.
Although my family is gluten intolerant, I draw the line at cellulose. Why is Dow even in the food business? They make the food and the package it comes in too, how convenient."When Great Ideas Rise" Gluten sensitivity affects many people around the... more
Annual symposium on global agriculture and food security a front for Monsanto-biotech/pesticide industryWell well, President Obama is rubbing elbows with Hugh Grant CEO of Monsanto today at this symposium as well as other chemical polluters like Syngenta. If you read the list of sponsors it reads like a who's who of biotech/pesticide pushers (including Dupont, Syngenta and Walmart.) And of course, sponsored by the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation as well, which like their counterparts are salivating to push these poison seeds onto the people of Africa against their will for profit. Now, what distracting bit of news is the media concentrating on today to hide this? This administration is in bed fully with these corporations intent on a contaminated monoculture world where nature itself is patented and farmers are indebted to them for LIFE. I can only hope resistance to this gets even stronger.Well well, President Obama is rubbing elbows with Hugh Grant CEO of Monsanto today at... more
Rachel and Elanor from Well Rounded Comedy discuss HBO's "The Weight of the Nation" along with other current developments in the obesity epidemic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoXsC-NO5zwRachel and Elanor from Well Rounded Comedy discuss HBO's "The Weight of the... more
You might have underestimated the time your child spent in front of the TV. What are the best solutions taken by you as a parent to closely watch your child’s TV time? Increased time in front of the television increases the odds of a child developing childhood obesity which increases the odds of many other diseases and health risks.You might have underestimated the time your child spent in front of the TV. What are... more
Fat Forecast: 42% of Americans Obese by 2030
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Children and adolescents are highly exposed to fast-food restaurant advertising, particularly on television. Ads are intended to attract consumers interest – and even feel certain emotions for – products they might otherwise ignore but it seemed that it has negative effects to children especially for their health. If young children and adolescents were hooked on fast food have greater chances of becoming overweight, then blame fast-food ads on TV which entice them in the first place.
Recent research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston, they associate fast-food restaurant advertising on television and obesity and even alcoholism in children. According to research, results showed that about 18 percent of participants surveyed were overweight, and 15 percent were obese. The percentage of youths who were obese was significantly higher among those who recognized more ads than those who recognized few ads (17 percent vs. 8.3 percent).
Parents should always guide their children especially in choosing the right foods that will give them proper nutritionGiven the broad exposure of youth to advertising, the more we know about how media and marketing affect young people, the better equipped we are as pediatricians and parents to guide them in making healthy diet choicesChildren and adolescents are highly exposed to fast-food restaurant advertising,... more
Diabetes and obesity are big problems for Hispanic women in New York, particularly those in low-income areas such as the South Bronx. Nutritionists say lessons in healthier eating and cooking begin with a cultural understanding of food: http://womensenews.org/story/health/120409/healthy-eating-teachers-target-cultural-taste-budsDiabetes and obesity are big problems for Hispanic women in New York, particularly those in low-income areas such as the South Bronx. Nutritionists say lessons in healthier eating and cooking begin with a cultural understanding of food. http://womensenews.org/story/health/120409/healthy-eating-teachers-target-cultural-taste-budsDiabetes and obesity are big problems for Hispanic women in New York, particularly... more