The first step of resolving or reversing the phenomenon of population ageing is to accept that it is for real and is going to have significant impacts on global society. Once it is accepted for real, it must be prioritized amidst all other relevant and important investment avenues for the government. The impacts must be ascertained, analysed, assessed for understanding the practical implications of it happening in developed and developing countries. The impact may be different in developed and developing nations, considering their economic, social, and political differences, instability and disparity.
The wise step to curb the rise of population ageing is to hit the core reasons where it seems to originate and perpetuate. These, as identified earlier, are the declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy rates. Furthermore, the declining fertility rates are not due to any supernatural cause that has affected all mankind, but due to lifestyle changes that have been imposed by the hegemony claims of the western nations, who, in their incessant greed to expand globally, have imposed regressive lifestyles on developing nations. These include unhealthy snacks, drinks, heavy industrialisation leading to detrimental air quality and continuous pollution, the financialization of the economy making it difficult for ageing population to sustain, unaffordable healthcare provisions, disproportionate distribution of wealth leading to concentration of wealth, and many more that have made the demand of childbearing come down (Wells, 1989). Pollution and disturbing eating habits have been principally responsible for fertility decline and not equating children with ‘goods’ as Becker proposed.
The primary action to be taken is to re-regulate and assess the entire food industry, which is thriving on unhealthy food and drinks, largely coming from the US and imposing fast food lifestyles on the world. Fast foods contains high levels of sodium, salt, and fat propelling ingredients that delivers obesity, and obesity is one of the reason for infertile couples, affected because of erratic eating habits. Strong opposition must be brought about by the WHO against fast food sellers and marketers to stop selling unhealthy food.