By Jessica Williams

In this re-creation of her bestseller, Jessica Williams exams the temperature of our global and diagnoses a malaise with a few stunning indicators. Get the evidence but in addition the human aspect of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and incredible wealth; the unstoppable upward thrust of consumerism, psychological affliction, the medication exchange, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of the environment and extra. The diagnosis may well glance bleak, but there's wish, Williams argues, and it is right down to us to behave now to alter issues.

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In more than 70 countries, same-sex relationships are illegal. In nine countries, the penalty is death.  One in five of the world’s people lives on less than $1 a day.  More than 12,000 women are killed each year in Russia as a result of domestic violence.  In 2006, 16 million Americans had some form of plastic surgery.  Landmines kill or maim at least one person every hour.  There are 44 million child labourers in India.  People in industrialised countries eat between six and seven kilograms of food additives every year.

5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s enough bottles to reach all the way to the moon every three weeks.  The average urban Briton is caught on camera up to 300 times a day.  Some 120,000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe every year.  A kiwi fruit flown from New Zealand to Britain emits five times its own weight in greenhouse gases.  The US owes the United Nations more than $1 billion in unpaid dues.  Children living in poverty are three times more likely to suffer a mental illness than children from wealthy families.

Where once local diets would have consisted of fish and tropical fruit, markets are full of meat rejected by richer overseas markets. Turkey tails from the US, lamb and mutton flaps from Australia and New Zealand – once these high-fat meats would have been used as pet food or fertiliser, now they are delicacies. 5 Some have blamed the countries exporting these meats for ‘dietary genocide’. 7 Obviously, the world’s aid organisations make a priority of alleviating hunger. But they also acknowledge that obesity, and all its related health problems, is reaching a crisis point.

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