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Has it ever occurred to you that the time frame for an epidemic to occur is absolutely critical in determining public response?

 If rates of a disease went from 1 in 10 people to 1 in 3 people in only 10 years, there would be public outcry for scientists to determine the cause and to find a cure quickly. If the disease caused debilitating metabolic effects such as very high blood pressure that resulted in heart attacks or strokes and people of all ages were getting this disease, with many dying – the outcry would be even more urgent.

But what if rates of the same disease went from 1 in 10 people to 1 in 3 people over a period of 40 or 50 years?

The current generation would have no recollection of what it was like ‘before’ because things had always been this way since they were kids.  The older generation would remember what it was like ‘before’. Concluding that for whatever reason that is the way it is now. Doctors and scientists of the older generation might be able to apply their knowledge and skill to find the cause. As well as a cure however it would be at the end of their working lives.

Nevertheless we are facing an epidemic and the disease is obesity

Here are some sobering figures in the form of a chart, showing the % of the population 15 years and over.  If you want to change your bad habits, create good ones and eat correctly, read 63 Days to Optimum Health – available from leading bookstores or from my online store here

 

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Originally published on https://www.facebook.com/SallyAnnCreedSA/ in 2020.

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