Today, the biggest problem we have is obesity and ‘too much of the wrong kinds of foods’, alongside smoking, alcohol and poor lifestyle choices. We know that being overweight, obese or having type II diabetes is 99% preventable, yet we are suffering the biggest pandemic explosion of weight problems, obesity and diabetes in human history. During the last several decades there has been a systematic underestimation of the deadly hazards of obesity and being overweight, and how it causes early mortality, heart disease and cancers. Preventable lifestyle diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer now account for 70%+ of all global deaths.
“The genes have been there for thousands of years, but if cancer rates are changing in a lifetime, that doesn’t have much to do with genes”
Dr Michelle Holmes, Cancer Specialist from Harvard University, USA.
Will I live a long healthy life without drugs or disease?
We know the standard human potential is around 120 years old or around six times longer than reaching adulthood. This is the typical lifespan of animals in the wild. If we consider this then:
- 1-49 is young
- 50-79 is middle-aged
- 80-99 is elderly
- 100-109 is legendary
- 110-120 makes you a super-centenarian world champion
What we are doing isn’t working
For most of the 150,000 years of human evolution, we ate a fresh, local, balanced, plant-based wholefood diet. We were used to going without food for periods of time and eating raw or freshly-caught provisions. Now we have too much food to eat, most of it highly processed and nutritionally empty. The top foods bought each week in most modern countries are now wine, beer, cow’s milk, white sugar and sweeteners, white flour, processed cheese, white bread products, fizzy/soft/energy/soda/cola drinks, processed meats, coffee and takeaway foods.
How is the state of our health as a result of ingesting this food? Not good at all.
A study released by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Tuesday 21 February 2012 found obesity rates vary widely from a low of 4% in Japan and Korea to 30% or more in the United States and Mexico. But in more than half of the 34 OECD countries, at least one in two people are now overweight or obese, and rates are projected to rise further. In some countries, two out of three people will be obese within 10 years. “These people will die early, and send healthcare costs ever higher,” the report’s authors wrote. Experts say severely obese people die on average eight to 10 years sooner than people at normal weight, with every 15 extra kg increasing risk of early death by around 30.
A large 2011 global study found that more than half a billion people, or one in 10 adults worldwide, were obese and that the obesity epidemic was rapidly spilling over from wealthy into poorer nations. This report found that from 2000 to 2010, obesity rose in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States by 4%-5%.
A study published by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on April 18, 2012 found that throughout the US, women were more likely than men to have no progress in life expectancy or to have their lifespans get shorter over time. In 661 counties, life expectancy stopped or went backwards for women since 1999. IHME’s research shows that the biggest causes of these health and longevity disparities are the completely preventable causes of death; tobacco, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and alcohol. Dr. Ali Mokdad, the head of IHME’s US County Performance research team, said “It’s tragic that in a country as wealthy as the United States and with all the medical expertise we have that so many girls will live shorter lives than their mothers”.
The IHME is an independent global health research center based at the University of Washington that provides current, rigorous and comparable measurements of the world’s most important health problems. This longevity update was released to health reporters and researchers at the Association of Health Care Journalists Atlanta conference on April 18, 2012.
These numbers have only gotten worse and worse and worse ever year since then.
We are more overweight and sick, at younger ages, than we have been in over 50 years.
The research, studies and food recommendations from the WCRF & AICR 2018, to help lower your risk of, and to prevent, breast cancer, are built around following; a no-alcohol, plant-based wholefood diet.
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective (the Third Expert Report – 2019) is a comprehensive analysis, using the most meticulous methods, of the worldwide body of evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity. It builds on the ground-breaking achievements of the First and Second Expert Reports, published in 1997 and 2007 respectively.
There is a vast amount of evidence that eating a plant-based wholefood diet lowers, and in some cases, reverses, heart disease and hypertension. This has been shown in the fasting studies, the chicken studies, the saturated fats studies, the fibre studies, the plant-based eating studies, and of course, the meat-is-directly-linked-to-heart-disease studies.
A healthy plant-based diet is simply mostly eating ‘plant-based wholefoods’ – such as apples rather than apple juice – as these are plant foods in their natural state, unrefined, and with their natural fibres, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals intact. Eat mostly plant foods, mostly wholefoods, and you receive the benefits, as the centenarian cultures do.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.