THE MOST CATASTROPHIC IMPACT OF JUNK FOOD
Since the advent of the industrial revolution, the effect of years of abuse to our bodies through the consumption of inexcusable amounts of refined sugars and trans fats has wreaked havoc on our health. You only have to look at the increased rates of cancer diagnoses in society today to begin to understand the gross injustice that has and continues to lay waste to our lives and line the pockets of massive food corporations around the world.
In this Nature paper carried out by researchers in the University of Manchester, we are able to review and judge for ourselves, how much harm has been self-inflicted and assess what we must do to prevent the spread of this and other such diseases.
Finding only one case of the disease in the investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, with few references to cancer in literary evidence, proves that cancer was extremely rare in antiquity. The disease rate has risen massively since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer (David & Zimmerman 2010).
Reading through Monday’s issue of the Guardian brought this topic to light once again but with an increased sense of fear and despair. With studies now directly linking one of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease to poor diets, one must really evaluate whether or not the tales of precaution and cynicism towards junk food should be viewed upon with more importance, as well as having stricter legislative measures being put in place by governments (you know…the people that are meant to know better) to curb this epidemic.
The article looks at the all too common and unfortunate cases of stigmatism issued towards subjects of obesity and poor diets compared to the topics of alcoholism and drug addiction where a common sense of sympathy is often related when these topics are brought up in society. However, what the author clearly sets out in explaining is that the overall effects of such damaging cases do more harm to the society than meets the eye. One cannot simply ‘snob’ the strain on a government’s need to increase the healthcare budget of the state while cutting back in other departments, say education, transport etc.
With some scientists now referring to Alzheimer’s disease as a type 3 diabetes, having attributed one of it’s main causes being down to poor diets (some even going as far as classifying it as a metabolic disease), we as a people need to take responsibility and demand better care being shown to us in what we eat and more importantly, what we are being offered to eat.
With little to no regulation on Food and Drink companies, we are subject to countless options of fool’s gold as ‘nutritious’ treats - food with zero nutrients and packed with high levels of sugar, fats, salts and high-fructose corn syrup that bypass the neurological signals that would otherwise prompt people to stop eating.
Like the article says, taking on the bullies in this arena is a needed cause to avert the possible epidemic with the fight being issued against both those who mock people for their pathology and those who spread the pathology by peddling a lethal diet.