An interesting article from the University of Sydney highlights what we at Caveman Power have been advocating for some time now.
From the article:
The global epidemic of Type 2 diabetes is an indicator of serious underlying issues in our society, says a University medical expert.
“People think of this as an issue of individual responsibility – you’re overweight, you’ve got diabetes, it’s your fault. But it just isn’t,” said Associate Professor Bruce Neal.
“You are overweight because you live in a society that make it easy for you to be overweight, that bombards you with advertising about the wrong kinds of foods, that doesn’t make it easy for you to lose weight,” said Professor Neal.
More than 250 million people worldwide have Type 2 diabetes, and the numbers are growing rapidly. Most will eventually die or be disabled by the complications.
“Diabetes is an indicator of serious underlying issues in our society,” he added. “We have to get governments much more engaged in addressing the reasons why we have this epidemic. Unless they take a more active role it is not going to go away. It is not going to get better. In fact it is going to get much worse.”
The global study followed 11,140 people for four and a half years. They were recruited from more 200 centres in 20 countries around the world.
“Type 2 diabetes is a massive problem around the world, and on average, someone with diabetes lives 5 to 10 years less than someone who doesn’t have Type 2 diabetes. It causes a huge economic burden, and in particular the complications that we were preventing in this study are a major cost to the health system.
And now for my opinion:
Firstly, we need to educate people about Diabetes prevention. This however, is no small task – considering it’s at direct opposition to multi-million dollar corporations who have the best marketing (propaganda) tools at their disposal.
Additionally, the grain industry is massively subsidised by the government (which is of little surprise considering the export dollars garnished) and grains are a big part of the diabetes equation.
Some people may ask; Why should we educate the people? Aren’t they already aware they’re eating junk, it’s just a willpower thing?
The answer is NO! Junk food is being heavily marketed as health food. For example; Cereal, Low-Fat Yoghurt, Muesli Bars etc.
This is not a case of willpower, it’s a case of deliberate profiteering by large corporations who absolutely refuse to acknowledge any link with Diabetes.
So how do we educate the people? The answer lays somewhere between “guerilla media” and “tell a friend”.
To educate yourself, search diabetes on Google. Learn to think for yourself – do not automatically give trust to whatever the billboards or TV ads are telling you.
I’m not even asking you to trust me – that’s up to you. Do the research and find out for yourself… empower yourself.
Feel free to challenge me or ask me questions in the comments section below – we may all learn something.
Link to full article: The University of Sydney