The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is the number one health issue facing the developed world. That’s bigger than drugs, bigger than cancer. Obesity is defined as excessive fat accumulation that may impair one’s health. Although many may talk about the role of genetics in effecting our very weighty status, this does not explain why the percentage of overweight people making up the populations of so many first world countries continues to tragically rise and rise generation after generation.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) worldwide obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2014, meaning 1.9 billion adults were overweight, 600n million of which were obese!

The saddest thing about this epidemic, is that we have the ability to prevent it. We are more prepared than the last generation. We have more resources and more information, yet somehow, we are in worse shape than ever. This surge in obesity has exacerbated our risks of

heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and other lifestyle related health conditions, putting immense strain on our health systems.

We should be embracing the health resources we have today. We need to be realising how far we have advanced in the arenas of nutrition and exercise. Lets set the example so the next generation is NOT worse again. It’s time to take ownership of this fatty death wish we have made for ourselves and stamp it out. Let’s get healthy for ourselves, our partners, our children and our grandchildren.

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