Change Is Not Always Good

Humans overindulge in the wrong diets, are over-stimulated by technology, have lifestyles that have become ever more sedentary, and are in a chronic cycle of stress.

* More than 150 million people in the United States have flat feet.

* There are billions more chairs on the planet than there are humans.

* We have grown five inches in the past two hundred years.

* Seventy percent of Americans are on prescription drugs. The pills popped each year, laid end-to-end, could orbit the planet twice.

* American feet have grown by two sizes over the past four decades.

* Our diet has changed the shape of our faces, giving us slacker jawlines, wonky teeth, and fleshy jowls.

* By the time you've finished reading this item, two people will have died of poor air quality.


Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us by Vybarr Cregan-Reid (Cassell, 2018).

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--The Economist

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