by Sean Croxton
I couldn’t imagine having a child with autism.
Just the thought of it gives me a bit of anxiety — the unpredictable behavior, the tantrums, the head-banging.
If I had it my way, I’d have two kids — a boy and a girl. But knowing that — according to the latest figures — one in 54 boys is affected by autism, kinda scares the bejesus out of me.
It should scare the heck out of you, too. Because even if autism does not impact you directly right now, you’re not human if the statistics don’t make you wonder what the heck is going on here. Statistics like…
* One in 88 children are diagnosed with autism by age 8.
* The rate of autism increased 23% between the years 2006 and 2008. (I wonder what the 2012 numbers are!)
* Autism has increased 1000% in the past 40 years.
To give you more understanding as to the magnitude of this issue, the rate of obesity has increased 300% in the past 30 years. Again, autism is up 1000% in the past 40.
We have an epidemic on our hands, folks.