I wrote an article today for the Medium.com site. Here’s a little taste to whet your whistle. Click through if you want to read the whole enchilada.
An article in today’s Daily Beast (How Washington Dooms Millions of Americans to Premature Death by Nicholas Freudenberg) got my brain spinning about food, obesity, junk food, diabetes, the free market, corporate responsibility, politics, personal responsibility and how all this ‘stuff’ has come together to create an epidemic of lifestyle disease.
In his article, NF brings up a number of interesting facts:
- Chronic diseases cause 7 out of every 10 deaths in the United States
- 49% of Americans have one or more chronic diseases.
- In the United States, tobacco, alcohol and diet cause more than 1.2 million annual premature deaths from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other conditions.
- Chronic diseases account for $3 of every $4 spent on healthcare—about $1.5 trillion annually in the US of A.
So, how is it, that with all of this available data, the US spends less than 10% of total healthcare funding on health promotion / disease prevention?
- Is it because public health campaigns don’t work?
Nope….while cases of diabetes have increased 176% in the last 30 years, it is estimated that 8 million ‘premature deaths’ have been prevented thanks to anti-smoking PSAs combined with increased taxes on tobacco products.
Public health campaigns can work…if they are well designed, well funded and receive government support.
So why isn’t that happening?
To find out the answer to that cliffhanger of a question, click through to the full article on Medium.com
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