As a veteran, who is well aware of the 22 US Vets a day that chose to commit suicide (because they feel they have no other choice), this article caught my interest. In addition, as an American, I am well-aware of my culture’s lack of exercise and constant over-eating which unfortunately equates to even school age kids becoming obese. This is a very quick read with hard-hitting facts, graphs, and other data points, a quick summary of the information present in the article is displayed below to peak your interest as well.
On 2 June, 2016, Professor Jin-Won Kwon and his colleagues (Dae-Kwon Kim, Hyun Jin Song, and Eui-Kyung Lee) published an article that examined the relationship between obesity and the risk of suicidal behavior would differ according to sex and age.
“Suicide is one of the major problems of public health throughout the world. Over the past 45 years, the suicide rate has increased by 60% and worldwide, 800,000 people commit suicide every year. In particular, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years.”
“In Korea, deaths from suicide soared after the economic crisis in 19972 and, according to a report by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, in 2013, the suicide rate was 28.5 per 100 000 people, the highest among all 33 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member nations at the time.”
Conclusion: ….read for yourself 😉
After you read it, please discuss your thoughts… Do your own life experiences support the proposed results and conclusion? If you’ve lived in Korea, have you known people that struggle with this issue or have also chose to commit suicide because of these issues? Or do you believe their conclusion is flawed for one reason or another?