The Economist magazine reported on the appalling growth of diabetes in America between 1990 and 2001. In California, for example, 4-6% of the population had diabetes in 1990, growing to 8-10% in 2001. Almost one in 10 Californians have this condition that “contributes to several hundred thousand deaths each year… doubles the risk of heart disease and stroke, and .. is the country’s leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic amputations. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, people with diabetes may be twice as likely to become depressed.”
The article says that, though the disease isn’t entirely preventable by behavior changes, most people can reduce their chance of acquiring type-2 diabetes by exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
By offering more healthy meal options, fast food operators can help fight this epidemic.