Health and the economy

Wow… Apparently, a slowing economy (bringing stress and less spending on healthcare and healthy food) is even worse for the health of Americans than a fictitiously healthy economy (bringing ballooning obesity levels and out of control healthcare spending which further erodes personal responsibility). Things like these can really make you wonder about the future of that once great nation.

7 thoughts on “Health and the economy”

  1. Great set of visuals to make points, not just here, but on your whole series of blogs; I am assuming they are American. It would be interesting to see how these health and diet statistics compare to other nations and regions in the world.

    Here is a link to a series of photos ( I cannot find the original) showing how families around the world spend their food dollars and what they are eating:

    1. Thanks for the link, Wen. I saw this on a Youtube video once – very striking. The vast differences in the total cost of food as well as the vast quantities of junk food that the average western family consumes really make you wonder…

      Yes, these stats are American, but they would probably be similar in Europe. You can see how badly EU citizens are responding to the much needed austerity measures that are now being imposed. People have become very used to living beyond their means and the changes that are now being enforced by circumstances will make the twenty teens a pretty rough decade…

  2. I think it goes the other way too though. I believe that poor health choices are leading to a bad economy as well. You can’t have a healthy economy without a healthy population. It’s hard for me to decide who or what is to blame. Ultimately, I find myself thinking that we just need stricter regulations in the food, land, psychology, schools, etc. I hate to say it but people are easily brainwashed. Especially in today’s day and age of constant bombardment with advertising and technology. There are very smart, tech savvy people that are sitting figuring out exactly how to program people to do what they want. I believe people are good. But good people don’t choose junk food, cancer, bad relationships, bad careers, etc. We gotta figure out where this is coming from and stop it.

    1. I completely agree with you there. You will see from my comment above the infographic that I do not necessarily agree that the bad economy is to blame for the bad health of citizens. Developed nations get sick all by themselves and I have some real moral issues with that as outlined here:

      In case you are interested, I also wrote a more extensive piece describing the problems that individuals are causing with regards to the sustainability of our global society as part of a summary of the global problems and the most viable solutions to these problems: There I state directly that the poor health of people in developed nations are playing a big part in bankrupting their governments. And I believe that the root cause of this problem is our dangerous slide towards total welfare states which makes people lose their sense of personal liberty and personal responsibility for their health and finances.

      1. Yea i agree. I am had my own health stuff to deal with for awhile but am recovering and see that my future holds some work in this field as well. Currently, I’m just learning about sustainable farming, etc. It is such a giant field. And unfortunately there seems to be not very many of us trying to change things. But if people are sick and drugged up, they don’t really care to change things. I always tell my brother; FREE HEALTHY people don’t choose to work dead end jobs, eat crappy food, have bad relationships, and go nowhere in life, BUT people do this every day.

      2. Seems like you are on the right track 🙂 Keep up the good work and please keep sharing your experiences with sustainable living.

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