Monday, June 11, 2012

Ban birthdays!

That would be the usual logic of the do-gooders faced with the sort of stats below

A NEW study has revealed you are 14 per cent more likely to die on your birthday.  The Swiss study, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, analyzed 2.4 million deaths over a 40-year period and showed that the "birthday blues" can be lethal, The Independent reported Sunday.

Results extracted from a vast amount of data concluded that there were 13.8 percent more deaths on birthdays when compared with any other day of the year. The risk increased with age, with the figure rising to 18 percent in people aged over 60.

Birthday fatality figures for individual diseases show that there was an 18.6 percent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, and a higher risk of up to 21.5 percent for strokes on birthdays. There was also a 10.8 percent rise in deaths among people with cancer.

A 34.9 percent rise in suicides amongst men was noted and a 28.5 percent increase in accidental deaths. There was also a 44 percent rise in fatal falls on birthdays.

Researchers are divided when it comes to explaining why people are more likely to die on their birthdays. One possible explanation -- the postponement theory -- suggests that gravely ill people wait until their birthday in an attempt to reach another milestone. But some researchers say the postponement theory is not entirely supported by their findings.

Alternatively, the anniversary theory argues the birthday event itself is responsible for the increased likelihood of death.

Authors of the study said stress played a significant part in birthday deaths, attributing fatalities to an "anniversary reaction" more commonly understood as the "birthday blues."


Boys as young as SIX are falling victim to anorexia as cases of eating disorder rise among both sexes in Britain

Is it any wonder after all the propaganda about "obesity" pumped out in the schools?

It's widely known as a devastating condition that can destroy the lives of teenage girls.  But new statistics show that anorexia is a growing problem among boys - and is affecting children as young as six.

Figures reported in The Sun show that 167 boys in England and Wales were treated for the disease between 2007 and 2011 - an increase of 65 per cent on the previous five years. Five of the victims were under the age of ten, including one six-year-old.

The eating disorder is also on the increase amongst girls. In the last five years, 1,662 sufferers under the age of 17 were treated, compared to 1,192 reported cases between 2002 and 2006. In the past decade 125 primary school age girls have been hospitalised, including seven nine-year-olds. 

One sufferer told how he nearly died after his weight dropped to just four-and-a-half stone.  Ollie Roche, 19, from Plymouth, Devon was just 16 when he was rushed to hospital three years ago.  'My body had actually started to eat itself on the inside to keep me going and my heart was shrinking,' Mr Roche, who has now made a full recovery, told The Sun.

A spokesman for eating disorder charity Beat added: 'Boys nowadays are experiencing as much pressure as girls when it comes to body image.  'There certainly needs to be more emphasis put on education in schools to build children's self-esteem.'

Medical experts have previously blamed the surge in eating disorders among boys on an obsession with looking good by having bulging biceps and a six-pack stomach.

They say children who are increasingly exposed to unrealistic body images are more likely to develop dangerous eating disorders.

Last year GPs were warned to be on the lookout for the potentially fatal conditions, which include anorexia and bulimia, after a rise in the number of those affected.

It is thought that many men may be reluctant to admit they have a problem as the issue has until now been seen as something affecting mainly teenage girls.


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