Obesity: The World’s #1 Problem

The obesity plague is no illusion. It’s costing Americans as much as $147 billion – and countless lives – each year.

Incredibly, two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity rates are triple what they were only a generation  ago. In fact the obesity crisis has placed a crushing burden on our healthcare system (CNBC, 2010)

And it’s no longer just the USA. According to WHO (World Health Organization):

  • Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese.
  • Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer.
  • The key causes are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity.

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight – at least 300 million of them clinically obese – and  is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. Often coexisting in developing countries with under-nutrition, obesity is a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socioeconomic groups.

Increased consumption of more energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high levels of sugar and saturated fats, combined with reduced physical activity, have led to obesity rates that have risen three-fold or more since 1980 in some areas of North America, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and China.The obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; this increase is often faster in developing countries than in the developed world.

Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life. Of special concern is the increasing incidence of child obesity.

Obviously, dieting has not worked. One of the reasons people have had trouble losing and then maintaining weight loss, may be due to  free radicals according to new studies. Cold pressed dark chocolate may work as a part of a weight loss system, because of the antioxidant levels and because a person still can feel like they are indulging. If you can’t live with a diet, you won’t stay on it.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeremy Nelson October 28, 2011 at 1:18 am

Fantastic article. Cool.

Jimmy Marshall November 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thank you for your article.Thanks Again. Great.

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