Life expectancy is increasing. We are all going to live longer than previous generations.
- The population of persons aged 65 years or older numbered 39.6 million in 2009.
- By 2020, it is projected that there will be 55 million people aged 65+. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000.
- People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19.3% of the population by 2030.
'Number of Persons 65+, 1900-2030.' A Profile of Older Americans: 2011. Administration on Aging. Web. 8 April 2013. http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2011/4.aspx
Rising obesity poses a threat to this newfound longevity.
- In 2009-2010, 38 percent of people in the U.S. aged 65 and over were obese, compared with 22 percent in 1988-1994.
- 1.5 billion adults worldwide are overweight or obese.
- The number of people with Type 2 diabetes increased from 153 million in 1980 to 347 million in 2008.
- It is speculated that by the year 2030 to prevalence of diabetes will increase to 4.4% worldwide (up from 2.8% in 2000).
Chronic disease rates are rising across the globe.
200 synthetic Industrial chemicals are inside of our bodies right now.
We are surrounded by more environmental toxins than ever before in history.
- In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.
- The latest EPA information on pesticide usage reports that over 1 billion tons of pesticides are used in the U.S. each year.
- A recent study published by the Center for Disease Control showed that 92.6% of a sample of over 2500 Americans had BPA in their urine. Conjugated BPA was detected in the urine of 93% of the U.S. population during a CDC screen.
- The EPA is working with state, local, and tribal governments to reduce the release of 187 pollutants into the environment.
- Common pollutants include benzene, which is found in gasoline; perchloroethylene, which is emitted from some dry cleaning facilities; and methylene chloride, which is used as a solvent by a number of industries.
The Administration on Aging (Department of Health & Human Services), http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Aging_Statistics/index.aspx;
'Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being.' The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. 2012, http://agingstats.gov
'Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Scientific Statement.' World Health Organization.
The Non-GMO Project, http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/
'About Air Toxics.' The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/oar/toxicair/newtoxics.html