In 1873, a British Physician named Sir William Gull used his diagnostic skill to term a severe eating disorder that seemed to plague those experiencing a neurotic loss of appetite as anorexia nervosa. A condition that has become one of the most pertinent medical and social disorders of modern times with an estimated 1-2% of the westernised young female population experiencing the tell tale signs of the disease at any one time. The condition itself is one of the strangest phenomena in nature, counterintuitive to our primordial need to hunt and gather as much food as we can, some individuals feel the need to starve their body of the vital energy that it requires. The human body's reaction to this activity is to burn away excess fat deposits before moving onto our muscle proteins that provide the vital ability for our bodies to function. Moreover, when taken to its eventual conclusion, these proteins become so depleted that the heart begins to fail.
Much like food for the human body, trading volume and money movement represent the essential fuel to keep the financial sector functioning and overtime a deficiency of these vital ingredients can lead to a heart attack of a very different nature. Like it or not, the financial sector represents essential fuel to the global economy with an almost unparalleled skew towards more developed nations where society nears the conclusion of demographic transition. Hard-lined socialists may call us prostitutes to the industry; capitalists may say that our reliance is merely a function of the free market economy. Whichever you choose to believe, the substantive point does not changed, the industry makes up a substantial proportion of global GDP and provides both direct and indirect employment to millions. When this fuel is sucked from the system, it does not provide the sort of fast hitting effect of Cobra but rather the slow constriction of a Python.