Obesity Statistics, Worldwide Threat



Obesity Statistics—A Worldwide Threat

It wasn’t that long ago that global hunger was one of the biggest health crises affecting our planet. In fact, it was just 30 years ago that nations across the globe banded together to help relieve hunger, marked by the iconic song “We Are the World.”
Needless to say, times have certainly changed.

While hunger is still very much an issue in many parts of the world, obesity statistics show that obesity has overtaken hunger as the biggest health crisis facing the planet. The Global Burden of Disease Study was a collaboration of 486 researchers from 302 institutions in 50 different countries who worked together to evaluate overall global health, trends in disease and causes of death.

Obesity Statistics

Where We Stand with
Obesity Statistics Today

In addition to this disturbing news about the worldwide obesity epidemic, researchers noticed a rising number of deaths from non-communicable diseases.  Additionally, heart disease and stroke caused one in three deaths worldwide, compared to one in five in 1990.

Diabetes caused 1.3 million deaths—twice as many as in 1990. Not surprisingly, the dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases like heart problems and diabetes can be directly attributed to the higher obesity statistics of people in the world.

Despite this rise in non-communicable diseases, life expectancy among men and women has risen. However, this isn’t as great as it sounds.  Even though life expectancies in both men and women have gone up, the average person now spends the last 14 years of their life living with a terminal illness or in pain due to their poor lifestyle choices and obesity.

Staggering Obesity Statistic

What Do These Findings Mean?

For the first time in history, our children’s life expectancy is lower than our own.
Due to the rise in childhood obesity, the decline of nutrition in our schools and fat laden foods on our own kitchen tables, more children than ever now have Type II Diabetes.  Most children today have 4-5 specialist doctors as compared to 20 years ago when one family physician was the norm.obesity-in-america-map-2012

This is not just a problem in the United States.  In terms of risk factors for disease, high body mass index/high obesity statistics is the leading risk factor in Australasia and southern Latin America, but also ranks high in North Africa, the Middle East.3

What this research shows is that much of the world has adopted the “western” lifestyle, which consists of an unhealthy diet filled with processed, sugar- and trans-fat laden foods, topped with lack of exercise and a general “couch potato” existence. This has translated to a larger-than-ever number of people dealing with obesity and the resulting effects—cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, to name a few.

All this translates to skyrocketing health care costs over the next 20 years. By some estimates, non-communicable diseases will cost more than $30 trillion to treat.

Heard enough? How many more studies and reports do we have to do and read to understand that the focus of medicine MUST switch from treating symptoms and diseases to preventing them from developing in the first place. And the easiest—and cheapest—ways of preventing most non-communicable diseases is to cut out all junk food, eat a clean, healthy diet,  Cleanse Toxins from the cells, and exercise regularly.

Are You Toxic?

Yes- there is a safe, easy healthy way to cleanse environmental toxins from your body at the cellular level.  
Even in those already suffering from many non-communicable diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, lifestyle modifications can make a world of difference in treating—and even eliminating—the disease.  Cleanse your body regularly at the cellular level!

We are facing not only a global health catastrophe, but financial catastrophe as well.
Let’s all do our part to raise awareness and lower obesity statistics.

 

References:

  1. Horton R. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2053-4.
  2. Wang H, et al. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2071-94.
  3. Lim S, et al. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2224-60.
  4. www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Harvard_HE_GlobalEconomicBurdenNonCommunicableDiseas
  5. Whole Health Digest