There are a lot of pressing issues in today’s world – and it’s easy to get caught up in the media hype. If you turn on the television, it seems like the end of the world is near. Between the latest reports from the Middle East or the tragic Ebola news from West Africa, it’s unsurprising that many people are scared. Some, even panicking.
And let’s be clear: Turmoil with ISIS in the middle east and the spread of Ebola is horrific, awful and very real. And both as a country and as individuals, we should do all that we can to ensure that all people are allowed to thrive with healthy, happy and productive lives.
But let’s also be clear: According to this article, you should fear your furniture a lot more. Every year, furniture accidents kill about the same number of Americans as terrorism (about 30 fatalities) and injured many, many more (about 40,000 emergency room injuries).
There’s something even more dangerous. Each and every day, 2,200 Americans are killed by the same culprit. That’s 800,000 Americans per year. In perspective, 4,000 people have died worldwide of Ebola. That isn’t to minimize their deaths, but rather to draw attention to the the scope of this even more rampant pandemic. This killer is heart disease. And you’re at far more risk of dying from a stroke or heart attack than ISIS, Ebola or even cancer – combined.
Americans are rushing to the stores to buy gloves and face masks – and orders for full body hazmat suits are spiking online. You can even buy one with Amazon Prime! And yet… and yet, 80% of Americans still don’t get the recommended amount of exercise each week. Exercise that helps dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease.
Let’s get something straight: We’re worrying about the wrong things. If you remove media hype and add logic, we’d be lining up outside the local gym or neighborhood park to get our bodies moving. You might die in a terrorist attack or from Ebola. But with 1 in 3 American deaths attributed to heart disease, the real killer is hiding in plain sight.