Why we need statistics

by Amina Tumi, Hair & beauty Salon Owner, London and Bryony, London.


“Cancer deaths among women to rise 60% by 2030”, new report warns1.

Have we ever taken a moment to stop and really consider what statistics are actually there for and what their purpose is?

For example:

  • The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer alone could almost double to 3.2 million a year by 2030 from 1.7 million in 20152.
  • An estimated 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million were due to stroke3.
  • Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression4.

Statistics are a way to find out what is taking place in our world on a mass scale and can be used to help us really understand diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, endometriosis, depression, stress, anxiety etc… so why ignore something that has great purpose and potential?

If we are largely ignoring them (and we are), we have to ask ourselves:

Do we really want to get to the bottom of our woes and, are we prepared to see more than we currently do when it comes to our own contribution to the state of the world?

Why have we arrived at a point where we are able to read statistics of such magnitude and yet turn a blind eye with not an ounce of responsibility? We read statistics but we are not deeply connecting to what they are presenting. We may engage with them but it continues to only be on a surface level; the reality is we don’t want to know that we are a part of them, we don’t want to feel the state of the world, the rot that we are all contributing to, the very fact that we DO KNOW this is taking place but we are not prepared to do anything about it. We like to moan about life, the way it currently is, the parts that are not what we deem successful but in this, are we prepared to step forward and make the necessary steps that are required to bring about change?

So where are we going, what will life look like in 20 years from now? It is obvious by the headlines above that we are heading into more turmoil, more illness, disease and more conflict.

Are we willing to stop this tunnel vision way of living, thinking that we are not responsible for what is occurring in life or do we wait until we become a statistic of illness and disease – and even then, do we see this an opportunity to change the way we are living, knowing this has contributed to the illness in the first place?

Given the increasing evidence that lifestyle is a major determinant of health and that only 5% percent of all cancers are genetic, statistics invite us to deeply look at the way we are living on a daily basis in all areas of our lives and to see whether we are making choices that are truly healthy or not.



1) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/02/cancer-deaths-women-rise-warning-lancet

2) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/02/cancer-deaths-women-rise-warning-lancet – See also Lancet Medical Journal http://www.thelancet.com/series/womens-cancers

3) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/

4) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/


Read more:

  1. Global statistics on women
  2. World statistics day -October 20th 2015


553 thoughts on “Why we need statistics

  1. This is a great blog because it is asking us all to wake up and take responsibility for what is really going on in our lives; that humanity is very sick but we are burying our heads in the sand pretending it is not happening.
    Yet we cannot ignore this because we know so many people who are sick, so will we only care when it happens to us as individuals, that as long as we continue to dodge the bullet we can carry on as normal.

  2. Amina, you have raised an interesting yet pertinent point about global illness and diseases.
    If we really looked at history and compared the statistics to the modern day life, and see what was available around those eras, we would note that technology was not advanced, social media was unavailable, people spent more time being outdoors instead of indoors. Fast food was not in demand like today and most would have simple home cooked foods. There was not the mass frenzy shopping and special days were really celebrated. Well now its glorified, how can we beat the neighbours, glamorous weddings that often end in divorces, what a waste and this is where the world is at, mass production and mass waste. And in this, the ramifications upon the human being.

    To read we ignore these statistics is a deep concern. Do we leave it to the scientists and research to find the miracle cure or answers when each and every one of us has a part to play in this. Without everyone playing this part, then the world will continue to be in devastation and the statistics will continue to rise, this is the modern day plague.

    When will we wake up, when we realise it is about the all…

  3. I have noticed that when we hear about something happening we can brush it aside with a cursory moment of concern, then we hear someone we know, knew or perhaps the person we are speaking to knew, and all of a sudden that ‘story’ or that statistic takes a whole new set of responses from our body. Why is that? Are we not caring or engaging in the first place, or are we only really caring when it feels closer to home and we connect personally with the impact of the story or statistic?

    1. Lucy, most people are only interested once it’s close to home and there are some who do it for recognition/identification and the drive or personal gain sets in. To truly care is to engage with no expectations or outcomes.

  4. “Given the increasing evidence that lifestyle is a major determinant of health and that only 5% percent of all cancers are genetic…” Exactly, we can look the other way, or we can front foot this statistic and confound it by addressing how we live our lives and offer our bodies the deep care and attention they deserve.

  5. ‘Why have we arrived at a point where we are able to read statistics of such magnitude and yet turn a blind eye with not an ounce of responsibility?’ While we continue to do this the statistics simply get more extreme. A couple of days ago I found out that 60% of all newly qualified teachers are leaving the profession within 2 years. We got to crisis point quite a long time ago and yet we have continued on the same path to our detriment.

    1. Actually I’m surprised we still have statistics because collectively we do not take much notice of deterioration of our health and I wouldn’t be surprised if the institutions stopped releasing them with the excuse that it’s too upsetting for society to read. If we were to add all the illness and diseases together, we are so sick and yet we are not taking the necessary steps to deal with it.

  6. I wonder how this whole thing is related to the survival of the fittest mentality – like, do we feel superior when we are not being the statistics ourselves? Being somehow luckier, better, even somewhat special? Our reaction, or the lack of it, reveals how we are so individuated and could not care less about our fellow brothers. This arrogance to think that somehow we are invincible and will be the last man standing is utterly groundless.

  7. We ignore statistics because we think we’re not going to be one, like it’s not going to happen to us however it also reveals our selfish ways, couldn’t care less attitude and lack of love towards others essentially from the lack of love towards ourselves.

  8. Statistics have an important role in providing the severity of the situations in a way that wakes us up and we can not ignore, just like the shocking ‘drink & drive’ warning clips that the police often use around Christmas in the hope of cutting down the horrendous alcohol related accidents.
    However it always comes down to us: how bad does the picture need to get before we stop and choose to pay attention?

  9. What is insanity is that most of us will wait until we become a statistic to even stop and consider that there is potentially another way we can be that is nurturing, self-loving and honouring what our bodies are communicating us.

  10. ‘Why have we arrived at a point where we are able to read statistics of such magnitude and yet turn a blind eye with not an ounce of responsibility?’ This is such a great question to ask, however, I think people are scared to read them because they don’t know how to handle the increases of illness and disease on such a massive scale or the devastation of what each of these statistics mean in reality. Whilst this is no excuse many of us can flail around and bury our heads in the sand when we are overwhelmed in feeling like we don’t have the answers

  11. Yes they can be manipulated – and frequently are – but currently we need statistics to be laid out in front of us because we are not listening to our bodies and seeing the devastation we continue to live in as our own responsibility.

  12. Current statistics show that our rate of getting cancer even after accounting for age has gone up by 26% in the last 36 years despite a huge expected reduction from us reducing our rate of smoking. There are slightly fewer deaths because of a 38% reduction in mortality but the trend is not at all encouraging.

  13. The numbers do not lie, but I am not sure if we can say the same about statistics. They can be used to dress up a theory someone wants to propagate, and also as general public we need to be able to relate to what the numbers are saying and not just receive them as a stimulant. If we look around us, even just in the vicinity of our own life, it is pretty obvious how those incidences of cancer and cardiovascular diseases are becoming increasingly common. If we choose ignorance, no amount of information would wake us up until it directly hits us.

  14. The predicted statistics are just that; a prediction on the state of the way people are living now. So if we decided to change the way we were living, that would change the course of the prediction. What Serge Benhayon offers in the way of applying an all encompassing approach to the way we live, looking beyond just the physical and bring the being back into play as our leading impulse. Simply connecting and feeling our essence within and allowing the body to communicate what feels true and what does not.

  15. Health statistics are about people and when we view it as just numbers we can choose to be ignorant that we are all a part of the equation.

  16. Talking about statistics, was there ever an increase of true health in humanity or a constant decrease?

  17. The sheer numbers of ill health and disease show that how we are living is in direct opposition to our natural inner sense of harmony and wellbeing.

  18. Statistics are necessary if they represent the truth, but if we manipulate them to show what we want to show, then they become a detriment to society.

  19. We can be very naive if we think we will not become part of the statistical numbers for cancer or other diseases, and as the numbers grow we become more aware of how our choices affect our life.

  20. Statistics can be a great thing, if they are accurate and true, but so often they get misinterpreted and re-interpreted to mean something completely different. This is not necessarily deliberate although it can be.

  21. This blog invites us to not just look at the numbers, but actually connect them to real people. We all have people we know that suffer from the illnesses described here and I remember being woken up by Serge Benhayon a couple of years ago when he put the numbers into how many football stadia that were. All of a sudden the numbers started to get a different perspective for me..

  22. Statistics present an invaluable record or snapshot reflecting the state of being of our society as a whole and as such offering us the opportunity to look at the truth of how we are living and if it is working for us. A reference to the imprint we as a humanity are leaving in our wake, and we are wise to take notice of what we are communicating and reflecting as a whole.

  23. It is a great question to ask, if we are willing to really see what is happening on a global mass scale. And it is great how statistics can help us to do this and that there are so many dedicated people working today who know this and are collecting and processing global data statistics and making them accessible for everyone to see. So it is then just a case of wanting to see them or not – and not only this, but in seeing the numbers and taking a look beyond to the person that each number represents.

  24. Statistics show us on a grander scale where as a humanity we are at, for behind each of those statistics is a fellow human, and the question we need to ask ourselves is how far we go before we truly ask what’s going on with us in the world … do we wait until everyone has some form of illness and disease? Statistics used in context, i.e. with truth show us the truth and health of all of humanity.

  25. There is an attitude of “It can’t, or will not happen to me”that is prevalent in our society today. We need to take responsibility for our health before our arrogance masked as modesty gets exposed for what it really is

  26. Statistics are not just numbers and we don’t stand still with the fact that each of these number is a human being just like us with a life, friends, family, a partner and so on. It is not just someone it is someone just like us all. And that is a great thing to consider to make it more real and touchable.

    1. Yes Lieke beautifully said and a great expansion of what is being presented here. We are all part of humanity and although we have different immediate family groups we are part of a greater whole. What is affecting one in one part of the world does reflect that there is a disharmony in our world that we all are responsible for.

  27. ‘Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression’ and this is a statistic based on those who have been diagnosed! I reckon this figure could go through the roof if people were to be truly honest about how they feel on a daily basis.

  28. at some stage, the extraordinary statistics of what is actually happening in the world will override the tsunami of trivia that has been presented to everyone now.

  29. Statistics really are the ‘writing on the wall’ if we dare to look at them. If we take them seriously we could avoid a future filled with illness and disease. Do we have to get to the stage where every single person has cancer/diabetes/cardiovascular disease before we do something about the way that we are living?

    1. The writing is on the wall but we tend to just walk past and ‘think’ it’s someone else’s problem when in truth the problem comes with a global responsibility.

  30. A ‘healthy’ choice made in life can vary greatly from one person to another. Very often we relate the word ‘healthy’ to food and exercise but could the true meaning of this word mean so much more in our every day life? I know when I have given too much eg.to please or be nice I have felt exhausted. I would not have associated the giving with whether it supported me or not, I would just do it but could the giving of the self without first giving to self have a detrimental impact on my body? I am learning what the true meaning of the word ‘healthy’ is and this applies to every choice I make in my day and not just when I eat something I feel supports me or take myself for a walk.

  31. ‘Given the increasing evidence that lifestyle is a major determinant of health and that only 5% percent of all cancers are genetic, statistics invite us to deeply look at the way we are living on a daily basis in all areas of our lives and to see whether we are making choices that are truly healthy or not.’ And this is what we do not find easy, we rather spend billions on finding solutions that will allow us to keep living the way we do, to remain in irresponsibility. It exposes what we truly want from life.

  32. The world puts so much store in working out percentages, evidence-based procedures, and yet when confronted with the extraordinary statistics of what is happening to the world’s population there seems to be an enormous blindspot.

  33. I really wonder where we get that confidence/arrogance from to think that we ourselves will not be the number when looking at the statistics. Probably this very attitude of ignorance is worth looking at as something that reveals where we are at as a race of being.

  34. Far worse than not wanting to read the statistics is the inevitable outcome of such ignorance which is becoming the statistic ourselves. So it is until such a time that we wake ourselves from the deep slumber we have fallen into and see things as they truly are and not as we might wish them to be.

  35. The truth is all around us… If we simply choose to see. But for many they choose not to see what is truly happening… And sometimes statistics will actually wake people up.

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