Health Facts 1980 until today

Health Facts from 1980 until today

  • Today 1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their life (US)
  • For the first time in history the new generation has a shorter life-expectancy than their parents.
  • Celiac disease increased by 400%.
  • Diabetes increased worldwide by 43% over the past 23 years while death rates from the disease have only increased 9%.
  • Diabetes has increased by 60% in the last 10 years in the UK. Roughly 90% of cases are type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to diet and obesity.
  • Diabetes YLDs in Australia increased by 212% for women and by 198% for men in Australia between 1990 and 2013.
  • More than 63% of population in Australia are now obese or overweight – before 1980 the rate/figure was less than 10% and in 1970 there were only 2% of People Obese in the US.

Australia and Obesity

  • A study predicted Australia was on track for almost 80% of its population to be overweight or obese by 2025.
  • It is currently at more than 63%.
  • Despite a reputation for sport and outdoor living, Australia has one of the fattest populations on the planet.
  • Its rate of obesity is the second-fastest growing in the world, and the fastest among women, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
  • The figures from the World Obesity Federation show Australia now has 63 severely obese people per 1,000 adults, up from 55 in 2010.
  • Heart disease increased by 100%.
  • 10 million deaths worldwide each year from coronary heart disease.
  • 15 million people suffer a Stroke worldwide each year – 6 million die from it.
  • 600 million people with Hypertension are at risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiac failure.
  • Approx 37% of world population has Hypertension.
  • If you are older than 60 years it is 1 in 2 people with Hypertension.
  • Autoimmune Disease skyrocketing ~ 24 million Americans suffer from it meaning 1 in 12 people. Australia is not far behind.


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  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. National Health Survey: first results, 2017–18.ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS, (2018).
  3. Hayes, A. J., Lung, T. W. C., Bauman, A. & Howard, K. Modelling obesity trends in Australia: unravelling the past and predicting the future. Int. J. Obes. 41, 178–185 (2017).
  4. YLD and 95% of Population is sick = Global Burden of Disease Study see:,,,