About 50 years ago, there were no recorded statistics for obesity. Obesity is essentially a modern problem. With more and more societies turning away from traditional food habits and what was considered ‘normal’ meals, with a dramatic increase in fast food, foods rich in butter and fats, meat, and sugars, with a decrease in physical activity and labor, obesity has literally taken on mammoth proportions. According to WHO’s World Health Statistics Report 2012, there are half a billion obese people the world over and another 750 million are overweight. Between 1998 and 2008, obesity rates have doubled in every region of the world.
Over 35.7% of the population of the US is now obese. Over a third of Americans, apart from those classified obese are also overweight. Obesity is a contributing factor in each one of the top 5 leading causes for death in the country - medical conditions including heart diseases, diabetes mellitus, stroke, kidney diseases, and certain types of cancer.
Worst affected, perhaps, are our children. In 2010, the WHO declared that the number of children (under the age of 5) who were suffering from obesity in the world was well over 40 million. Childhood obesity makes the children prone to a number of diseases which were hitherto confined to adults – diseases such as diabetes mellitus and heart diseases. According to a 2008 study, more than a third of children and adolescents in the US were obese. Experts believe that this could be the first generation of American children with a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
Our concern led us to take a look at global statistics and look at a selection of interesting ‘Fat Facts’. Except that the facts were far more alarming than interesting. As part of the MapsofWorld family we urge you to spread the word and combat this epidemic.
This is our 36th Fryday Poll, 36 weeks of research, infographics and conversations on global issues. For this week, find in-depth review and an infographic on Obesity. Learn more about causes of obesity, fat facts, body mass index, global statistics, obesity in united states and tips to combat obesity. Let us know what you think