Yes, obesity has grown to become one of the world's biggest health problems today. Obesity now affects 30% of the world's population, and this number is still increasing at an alarming rate. Obesity has also become a problem not just in high-income countries, but also in low- and middle-income countries where people face the double burden of being exposed to obesity and malnutrition in equal measures.
First off, why should obesity be a concern? As a health issue, obesity is a major risk factor for several chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and even some cancers. Aside from that, obese children are also found to have higher risks for premature death, psychological issues, cardiovascular diseases, and other health issues upon adulthood. Thus, the problem with obesity is therefore about more than just being fat.
Unfortunately, obesity's alarming numbers has made it into a global health threat, possibly even worse than malnutrition. In fact, estimates show that for the first time in history, there are actually more obese individuals than malnourished individuals. According to the World Health Organization, as of 2016, an estimated 650 million adults or 13% of the world's adult population were obese, with a further 1.9 billion adults or 38% of the world's adult population considered overweight.
To make it worse, obesity has also affected younger populations with 41 million children below the age of 5 and over 340 million kids and adolescents aged 5 to 19 considered obese or overweight. However, it's not just the total numbers that are troubling. Obesity is also growing at an alarming rate, with the worldwide obesity prevalence tripling between 1975 and 2016.
Obesity is also not just a problem in America and other rich, industrialized countries. Because of globalization, the face of obesity is rapidly changing, with the number of overweight and obese people rising in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia and Africa. As globalization enables free trade, economic growth, and urbanization, the food environment in rich countries are slowly being adopted worldwide. The result is that people, especially children, in low- and middle-income countries are exposed to the high-fat, high-sugar, highly-processed, and nutrient-scarce junk foods that have contributed to obesity levels in countries like the United States. This can be seen in the significant rise of obesity prevalence in African countries, for example, where the number of overweight or obese children under 5 has increased by 50% since 2000. It is also seen in Asian counties where half of the world's obese and underweight children below the age of 5 are now concentrated.
And to make matters worse, while the prevalence of obesity is still higher in the United States, it is actually the low- and middle-income countries who are bound to suffer more. This is because low- and middle-income countries now face twin public health issues of obesity and malnutrition. As experts note, malnutrition and obesity are two sides of the same coin, such that "poor people are malnourished because they do not have enough to feed themselves, and they are obese because they eat poorly."
So, what are the root causes of obesity? Is it about what we eat or how we eat? When you boil it down to the basics, it's both. Obesity is the result of people both eat much more than what they need and eat foods that are bad for them. However, looking at the issue this way is too simplistic for a problem that is a lot more complex than changing eating habits. Sure, an obese person could improve his or her personal circumstances by changing how and what he or she eats. But, at the end of the day, that's just an improvement in one individual. It doesn't prevent that individual from relapsing and gaining back the weight, nor does it address the bigger public health issue of an obesity epidemic.
As the World Health Organization has pointed out, obesity is a "social and environmental disease". This means that it has as much to with the way our food environment, the landscape that we live in, and the new technologies available to us, as much as it is affected by what and how we eat.
For example, even if we do our best to only eat fruits and vegetables in moderation, we are still limited by the type of food that are available and affordable to us. Thus, if our food environment is full of fast-food and cheap calories, then even the most dedicated healthy eaters will find an uphill struggle against obesity. The same goes with the landscape that we live in. If we live in a place where there are no sidewalks and where pollution is so bad that walking the streets will do you more harm than good, then you are bound to find it difficult to live a more active and healthier lifestyle.
However, these are not things that can be resolved at an individual level. Instead, these issues require the help of policymakers, businesses, professionals, and the public, at large, to initiate strategies and projects that can help individuals make better and healthier life choices. A store owner's decision to sell healthier food choices instead of more junk food, a city council's decision to build more bike paths, or a parent's decision to eat healthier and set an example for their children, are just as important as an obese individual's commitment to live a healthier lifestyle.
Thus, obesity is clearly one of the biggest health problems we face today. It has now spread worldwide, becoming a problem even is low- and middle-income countries, and affecting the lives of everyone from kids to adults. It has become a public health issue, such that it resolving it will require a larger effort from government, businesses, and the public, at large. However, at the end of the day, we are responsible for our own health, such that it begins with an individual commitment to live healthy lives, eat right, and be active, if we want to help prevent or overcome obesity.
Heftiness is turning into a noteworthy issue on the planet starting late.
520,000,000 individuals worldwide are large and around 1,573,000,000 individuals are overweight. The greater part of these individuals live in nations with great financial matters in general, for example, the USA, China and the UK, which implies there is dependably sustenance accessible. This is an incredible differentiation to a few nations in Africa, where the youngsters' tummies here and there swell from malnourishment.
Weight is the main preventable reason for death around the world, because of its belongings, one of which is diabetes. Creating diabetes in your medieval times can cause unexpected passing, since it raises the dangers of creating malignancy, and liver and kidney illnesses. Weight can likewise prompt heart issues. 1 out of 5 US passings are related with weight.
I myself am from Sweden, a nation where corpulence isn't exceptionally conspicuous, at any rate in the event that you take a gander at it from a worldwide perspective. Around 33% of the populace are hefty or overweight, which isn't a considerable measure contrasted with the US, where an entire 66% of the populace are overweight and 33% are stout.
I trust the reason this distinction exists is the accessibility of stoutness related data. In Sweden we get messages of the advantages of carrying on with a sound way of life always, through blurbs from games organizations, at sustenance stores, news articles or advertisements by means of TV or radio. While in the US I get the feeling that corpulence isn't quite a bit of an intriguing issue, despite the fact that the rates prop up. Additionally, sustenance is depicted diversely between nations. For example, in the US there will be ads of rebates for burgers and ads for sustenance will be publicized much of the time; nourishment is made to seem as though it is fundamental to purchase that particular item. In Sweden you will some of the time see notices for nourishment, depicted to be handy and simple to cook, or rebates at a neighborhood store for products of the soil.
Since it is an issue of enormous extent, this ought to be an ideal opportunity to locate a legitimate answer for this issue, not simply in the US, but rather around the world. For instance; the pioneers of the nations where stoutness is an issue ought to put resources into getting more data out to the general population, and empower eating well sustenance and working out. In the event that cash is an issue with regards to purchasing, for instance foods grown from the ground, they should chip away at making costs reasonable. The nourishment creating organizations ought to be more particular with regards to what is in the sustenance, by composing on the bundle if there are a lot of sugar or fat. Thusly, individuals may turn out to be more mindful of what they are really eating.
To entirety up, heftiness is an issue worldwide and is the main preventable reason for death, as it raises the danger of creating sicknesses, for example, diabetes and tumor. There are huge contrasts among Sweden and the US, primarily on account of the distinction in accessibility of data and the manner in which nourishment is depicted. The issue could be countered by raising the attention to the foundations for stoutness.
You can raise the familiarity with the threats of terrible dietary patterns by, for instance, recommending that you in your science/science/physical training classes watch the motion picture Super-Size Me by Morgan Spurlock, which turned out in 2004.
Obesity has became the world wide problem.
The main reason for this is our diet along with the lack of physical activity.
We have made ourselves so much busy to hardly find any time for our selves.
Inventions of new technology has made us lazy and physically less active.
There are number of good habits that can be adopted to have a healthy life. Some of the habits that one should adopt are the following:-
Eat Healthy: First and the most important thing is to have a healthy balance diet.
Exercise: For a healthy life one should have the habit of exercise daily.
Stress: Every effort should be made to avid stress.
Social circle: In order to live a healthy life one should have good friends, social circle.
Someone to love: Love is very necessary to live a healthy life, it is very necessary to have find someone with whom you love to spend your time.
Sleep: One should have enough sleep to live a healthy life, normally 7-8 hours’ sleep is considered necessary.
Healthy activities: One should involve him/herself in some kind of healthy activities like some welfare project etc.
It's a problem everywhere in the world. People are less active because technology has made our lives easier, people eat unhealthy foods because their cheaper, and poverty is a problem everywhere. Lack of education plays a role in consumption of balanced nutrition.
I don't see the problem getting any better. Unfortunately, we are likely facing more pressing issues, such as the health of our planet. If the planet can no longer sustain human life in the near future, obesity will be the least of our problems.
As far as first world problems, Yes. Obesity has reached epedemic levels. Our lifestyles are to blame for it. We have tons of food at our fingertips and not effort is required from most of us all day as we sit behind desks on our butts doing our jobs in cubicles.
I think it has everything to do with lifestyle. The truth is that we have changed as a society. Even in the past 20 years I have seen it first hand. Before the baby boomers everyone had to work hard. There were few options for sedentary jobs or a sedentary lifestyle. Without it, you starved. Then the boomers had kids and the gaming consoles started to get big (think sega, nintendo, playstation, etc). Kids started doing less outdoor time but not so little that it was detrimental. This was my generation. We still got on our bikes and rode around all day. There were no cell phones so if you wanted to get in touch with a friend you rode to their home, if they weren't home you simply rode your bike elsewhere and found something else to do. Kids still ran around int he woods and built dams in the creeks. Fast forward to today and the option to do absolutely no movement is too real. Smartphones and internet have made to where even the smallest of calorie burning activities are no longer needed. No need to even go to a library!
It is a problem almost everywhere. Even India is facing massive diabetes epidemic. Too many carbs and sugar I'm afraid.
Personally I believe it is what, when and how Americans eat.
The what changed from family meals around the table.....homecooked........to TV dinners and fast food.
The when.........................when it took more than one person to give the family what was thought was needed. Time became a problem.
How.......................sigh..................denurtured food filled with additives, preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, sodium benzonate et al the other poisenous products that make food something it was never ment to be.
Walmart perfect example of what people should not be................if they decide to take fat children away from their parents they can start there..............the bus to the workcamp will be filled.
Well not only in America but all across the globe, people are becoming lazy every day as we speak . Nowadays we do not see people jogging or walking or playing in the field which was seen in the past days and by that people were used to be safe both in physical condition and in mental as well.
This technology and the inventions by it made us go faster but weaker in health. Made us strong in life but created problems with our health.
Pretty soon it will be one of the biggest issue that we will face.
To prevent those we can do everyday walking eat healthy food and avoid junk food and live spend some time enjoying life with the nature.
Life is ours so choice is ours as well. Live healthy and get a nice life.
Yeah less answer less children are doing physical activity . Sugar is prevalent in a lot more food and social media is getting bigger which means kids are in their phones more which means they aren’t not moving. It is becoming a huge problem