SMH… Somehow inbreeding has gotten to be a big problem over in England where marriages among cousins has grown so much that the country is trying to raise awareness about the danger such unions pose to children born of such unions.
Cousin marriages are on the rise in the U.K., putting children at ten times the risk of genetic disorders, reports the Telegraph.
The problem is the most prevalent in Britain’s Pakistani community, where more than half the marriages occur between first cousins.
Cousin marriage also occurs among British Bangladeshis as well as some Middle Eastern and East African communities.
The medical risks of first cousin marriages include higher rates of infant mortality, birth defects, learning difficulties, blindness, hearing problems and metabolic disorders, reports the Telegraph.
But the subject is nearly taboo in Britain.
Ann Cryer, a former member of Parliament, faced pushback for attempting to highlight this issue.
“It’s a public health issue and we deal with public health issues by raising awareness, by talking about subjects such as obesity, such as drug addiction, such as alcohol,” she said
Ew… We. Have. No. Words. Just ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
If your boyfriend’s mom is also your aunt, please don’t marry him. And if your dad makes you marry him, please don’t have children.