This episode of the web series, Toward a More Perfect Union, is called What’s Eating America…and What’s America Eating?
America has a systemic issue that has created large cracks in the system: mental health. Mental health issues are a major problem, and with it, the so-called deaths of despair—which are deaths from suicide, drugs, or alcohol.
Connected to that is the epidemic of gun violence, in which most of the shooters are suffering from mental health issues and are a symptom of the rising problem of deaths of despair.
At the root of what’s eating Americans is…what Americans are eating. The foods Americans eat play a large role in both mental health issues and physical health issues. All the processed foods are destructive to mental and physical well being.
Because of the foods Americans eat, they spend the most on health care in the world, and have the most health problems in the world.
And what lies at the heart of all that? The relentless quest for profits: both the pharmaceutical and big food companies make hundreds of billions of dollars a year, with little regard of how it affects the mental and physical health of Americans.
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