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So, what’s our (big) problem in the USA?

We’re carrying on from the previous 2 weeks of articles which will hopefully shock you into making big changes this year.

In the US we tend to spend outlandishly on developing fancy drugs and other miraculous treatments for diseases, rather than on trying to prevent them with simple techniques.

This is a big problem.

Experts suggest that the best way to help people make healthy diet and lifestyle change is at the large-scale, population level, through public health efforts and policy changes. (A bit like motorcycle helmets and seat belt laws for cars…). We have made a little progress with tobacco and trans-fat legislation but there is still so much more we could be doing as a whole population!

There’s a lot of pushback from big industries on that, of course. If we have guidelines and laws helping us to live healthier, big companies aren’t going to sell as much fast food, chips, and soda, and for companies determined to make money at the cost of human life, well, that makes them very upset - do you think it’s time for our country to make a change or are you happy the way we are when it comes to illness, unhealthy foods and little exercise?

I’m genuinely curious to see what other people think so leave your opinions in the comments and please don’t be shy - we’re here for big truths.

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