Diabetes epidemic affecting 350m – and western fast food is to blame
See, it\’s all hamburgers I tell you!
A few paras down:
Researchers also say that increased life expectancy is playing a major role.
Ah, so maybe it\’s not just hamburgers then?
As to the causes, the team attribute 70% to ageing and 30% to the increased prevalence of other factors, with obesity and body mass the most important.
Actually, it\’s fuck all to do with hamburgers.
It\’s to do with having conquered that age old problem of the human condition: insufficient calories. For the vast majority of us (with some distressing and hopefully soon to be solved exceptions) there is no cost or availability limit on how many calories we can ingest.
Which calories, yes: we can\’t all afford to eat nothing but prime rib. But that 2,000-4,000 calories a day, ranging from sensible to glutton levels of intake, is available, without problem or strain, to the majority of the global population for the first time ever.
Which is why we\’re living longer, see?
But the headline will have done its work: off everyone will go blaming hamburgers when in fact, while there are side effects, we should be celebrating the fact that we\’ve got enough food to cause minor problems rather than the not enough which causes serious ones. You know, diabetes being a better problem to have than death by starvation?