Are you suicidal? If you are still reading this blog and not on the floor dead, you would mostly likely answer no. But are you slowly killing yourself? Consider the following:
Leading Causes of Death in the United States
- Heart disease: 599,413
- Cancer: 567,628
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137,353
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,842
So now you may be thinking that you have none of these problems, why should you be concerned? First let's look at the leading cause of mortality, heart disease.
Heart disease claims the lives of more than a half million people every single year. The most common type is coronary artery disease. Basically what happens is that fatty plaque builds up in the arteries over time and the passageway for blood to flow through becomes smaller and smaller. The artery becomes more rigid and thicker making it harder for vital organs to receive oxygen from blood. This is called Atherosclerosis and is the most common cause to the leading cause of death.
It is caused by a lack of exercise, obesity, an unhealthy diet, and smoking.
Seriously people! It's not exactly a secret that all those things are bad for you! The thing that gets me is all, not some, ALL of the above causes are 100% preventable. No one is twisting your arm and forcing you to eat copious amounts of fatty food or smoke a pack of cigarettes every day. It is LITERALLY killing you.
The same goes for cancer. More than 567,000 people died because of cancer. There are many different types of cancer, some are more curable and avoidable than others. Out of those that die of cancer, lung cancer accounts for 158,592 of those deaths, roughly 28%. The leading cause of that? Smoking. 80-90% of lung cancer cases are a direct result of smoking.
I do not write as to attack anyone or to say that you shouldn't have the 'right' to smoke or to completely let your body fall into disrepair due to a lack of good diet, you do what you jolly well please. But you cannot expect a healthy fulfilling life, must less a long life, whilst smoking or consistently eating crap...
That was a pretty johnny raincloudesque blog for me to write. So here's an absurdly cute bunny! I named him Dr. McFluffenfluff!