Children of the World

Authorities in a small town south of Mumbai are considering a ban on an ancient practice of throwing babies off a nine-meter temple onto a blanket held by worshiping locals.

“Witch Children” in Nigeria have been routinely pointed out by local pastors, and then subsequently beaten, mutilated, and often murdered. Condemning enough children generally raises the status of these pastors in the local evangelical hierarchy.

Luckily, in the wealthy, well-fed half of the world, obese children with pre-diabetes insulin sensitivity are more than twice as likely to die by the age of 55 than other children of the same age.