As most people know by now, cancer is a disease which goes hand-in-hand with a typical Western diet of junk food, too much alcohol and cigarettes and sedentary lifestyle. As African countries get wealthier and adopt the same living patterns, the cancer (and heart disease and diabetes type 2) rates start growing.
About a week ago I came across this Daily Mail article discussing the problem. One thing especially caught my attention:
After Rose underwent a mastectomy of
her left breast, watched her hair fall out and nails grow black under
chemotherapy, she was declared cancer-free.
But her troubles were not over.
64-year-old mother was already suffering from diabetes but was "wasting
away", and Rose encouraged her to get tested. It turned out she had
maybe mum's lifestyle has brought about this. She lives in Nairobi, she
is not moving a lot, she is not going to fetch water like the lady in
the village," said Rose.
(Emphasis mine). It just happens that some time ago I got charity folders urging me to donate money so that poor Africans wouldn't have to go fetch water as it's supposedly degrading or whatever.
I just wonder, when did people in the West become so soft that they see physical activity as a plague to be avoided and manual labour as degrading and something to be saved from? No wonder we are going the way we are...