“A conscience which has been bought once will be bought twice.”
Disclaimer: as many of you know (or, if you didn’t before, you are hereby notified), that I work in the pharmaceutical industry; in validation, to be exact – a branch of quality control. So I can take the following cited article in one of two ways – as a public service nightmare, or as, well – a positive indication of continuing job security – for as long as I care to stay in the game. It’s not in my nature to be self-serving, and so my natural inclination here is deep contempt for those in “power/knowledge” positions, and pity for the masses who listen to them.
So, with “news” like this, out of Amman, Jordan, all indications are that the rest of the world is doing its damnedest to surpass us (“us” here, being the good ol’ USA) in obesity rates. As if being drubbed math and science weren’t already enough…
According to Kenneth Thorpe, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, By 2018, 103 million American adults — or 43 percent of the population — will be considered obese. I would venture to guess that the numbers for those below the age of 18 are just as gruesome.
Of course, any manner of health care reform will simply implode under the weight of disease management if these numbers hold true. And “news” like the above-cited Jordan Times story indicate that while the US may lead the way over the cliff, the rest of the world is following, quite lemming-like, right behind.
More to follow…