We are bombarded with statistics everyday by the news media, school, and the Internet. The “average number of” this and “high ratio of” that is a fact of modern life. Indeed, much or our lives are guided by what the average person does.
Averages can be useful, but all too often they paint a picture that is different from each of our own individual circumstances. After all, you might be one of those people existing on the edge of the bell curve. And even worse, relying on averages may lead us to misconstrue them as normal.
Just because something is common throughout a population does not mean that this thing is good or predetermined. It doesn’t mean we should accept it as a fact of life, and simply carry on. Perhaps it occurs frequently because on average, our society is pathological.
Here, let’s pile on some more statistics:
- 42% of seniors report a functional limitation affecting their living standards. 
- 3 out of 10 middle-aged people (ages 45 to 64) become obese. 
- Girls in America begin puberty before age 10 on average. 
- Average U.S. sugar consumption in 1999 was 158 pounds per person. 
- Estimated U.S. cancer prevalence in 2007 was 11,714,00 people. 
- Up to 3 million people are taking statins needlessly. 
Average does not equal normal.
Some of my relatives keep waiting for me to get fat. “You’re getting older, just wait!”, they tell me. Throwing up your hands and exclaiming, “I’m not as young as I use to be!” is not an answer, it’s an excuse.
People don’t become frail just because they are old. People don’t become obese because they are middle-aged. Getting cancer isn’t supposed to be a birth-right. The vision of the modern world isn’t working, and our bodies are rebelling as a consequence. That fact that these issues are so common sheds a light on how big the problem actually is.
Real change won’t happen until the average person recognizes that the current food, lifestyle, and healthcare paradigm is broken, and that is the reason they are unhealthy.
Question the system, don’t just accept the status quo.
Click one of those buttons on the left, and help start the revolution.