Over 95% of people in the West now die from obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune diseases or smoking. Do you eat the typical modern daily diet? Around 3500 calories of nutrient poor, low fibre, sugar rich refined carbohydrates, highly processed animal foods and toxic rancid fats? If so, then your odds are 99 out of 100 of those dying to be included in one of the above statistics in your 60s or 70s after a long, slow and painful decline in health.
“For most heart attack victims, diet alone would work if we advocated diet, but we don’t”
Dr William P. Castelli, Medical Director of the Framingham Heart Study, USA, 1984.
“A vegetarian diet can prevent 97% of our coronary occlusions (clots that can lead to heart attacks)”
An American Medical Association editorial, 1961.
“People are not really aware of what normal weight is any more. If you have got 70% of people overweight or obese, that has become normal viewing these days, not only for children but for parents as well”
Heather Yeatman, Public Health Association of Australia President, Australia.
In 1913, Frederick L. Hoffman started the American Cancer Society (ACS) stating ‘diet was the way to prevent and treat cancer’.
In the 1970s, the 70 page ‘Cancer Review’ from the International War on Cancer said, ‘genetics determines about 2–3% of total cancer risk’.
- Obesity is now the #1 cause of death – ahead of tobacco
- 12% of the world’s population is now obese
- Over 30% of all humans are now overweight
- Obesity rates have increased 82% worldwide in 20 years
- Over two billion people are now obese (out of seven billion)
- In 1980, just 2% of all new type II diabetes cases were in children, by 2000, over 50% of all new diabetes cases were in children
- The current generation of children and young people will be the first since 1960 to have higher mortality rates than their parents due to cardiovascular disease, stroke and far higher rates of type II diabetes
- Three times more people die now from ‘overweight’ than from ‘malnutrition’
- Almost 70% of all new cancer cases each year are preventable and related solely to smoking, alcohol, weight, exercise or a poor diet
- Over 95% of cancers are preventable; only 5% are strongly hereditary or genetic
- In 1900, cancer was a rare disease
- Since 1980, obesity and cancer rates have more than doubled
- Cancer is increasing by 15% every year
- Global cancer cases are projected to rise another 75% by 2030
- Alcohol raises the risk of liver, breast, colon, mouth, esophagus, larynx and pharynx cancers
“Obesity in NZ is a public health disaster … It is a tragedy at the personal, family and social levels. It’s a pandemic’”
Professor Robert Beaglehole, World Health Organisation (WHO).
In New Zealand
- Obesity now kills more New Zealanders than smoking
- Over 30% of New Zealanders are obese (in some areas it is 40%)
- Over 30% of New Zealand children are now overweight before they hit puberty
- There are 2.5 million overweight Kiwis and 500,000 obese
- New Zealand adults are now the second fattest in the developed world
- Diabetes is the number one initiating cause of New Zealand death, killing 4000 people each year
- We lose more than one New Zealander every 90 minutes from heart disease
“Thousands of cases of cancer could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being regularly physically active and eating a plant-based diet without too much salt, alcohol or red and processed meat”
Dr Rachel Thompson, World Cancer Research Fund, UK.
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.
The Associations between Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer – World Cancer Research Fund International Systematic Literature Review 2017
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.
World Cancer Research Fund & American Institute for Cancer Research UPDATE Cancer-Prevention-Recommendations-2018
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.
Plant-Based Diets & the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease – Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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.