World Obesity Rate Continues to Grow

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  • Sorry, Mr. Disney, but it turns at that the world is not so small after all. The fact of the matter is that the world is growing and getting larger every year. Let's take a second to clarify. The world itself is pretty much the same rock that it has been for some time, but the people who inhabit that rock are tacking on pounds at an alarming rate. Let's take an additional second and clarify even further. We are fat and growing fatter.

    Researchers have found that the rate of wordwide obesity over the last three decades has increased dramatically. No country has had any significant decline.


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    The Most Comprehensive Global Study to Date

    A team of international researchers have conducted a thorough review of surveys, reports and scientific literature to examine the degree to which adults over twenty-years-old and children between the ages of two and nineteen are overweight or obese. The data was collected from 188 countries across the globe. 


    It was discovered that in the last thirty-three years the worldwide overweight and obesity rates fror adults has increased by 27.5% while the rates for children have gone up 47.1%. The number of people who were overweight or obese wordwide in 1980 was recorded at 857 million. By 2013 that number had ballooned to 2.1 billion with 671 miliion of those qualifying as obese.


    More than half of all obese people live in only 10 countries including the United States.


    Developed Nations

    Sixty-two percent of the world's obese poopulation live in developed countries with the United States owning the greatest increase in numbers. At present, one third of the US population is obese. Second to the United States in Australia where 28% of the men and 30% of the women are obese. Australia is followed by the UK where about one-quarter of adults are obese. 


    Children in developed countries also experienced weight gain. The percentages of kids who are either overweight or obese has risen from 17% to 24% among boys between 1980 and 2013, and 16% to 23% among girls within those same years.

    The rates of overweight and obesity are over 50% for both men and women in Tonga and more than 50% of women in Kuwait, Libya, and Qatar are obese. 


    Men living in the United States, New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia had the greatest increase in obesity in the last thirty years. In that same time period the women of Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Honduras had the greatest increase in obesity.


    The WHO Obesity Campaign

    Members of the World Health Organazation initiated a campaign last year to halt increases in weight gain by the year 2025. Unfortunately, the latest findings do not support the ambitions of the goal. The hoped for results probably will not be had. 


    In order to realize the proposed goals, a profound increase in global leadership is needed to develop a plan of action that slows excessive caloric intake, increases physical activity, and discourages the promotion of food consumption. Research warned that the Body Mass Index (BMI) needs to return to the levels of thirty-years ago to prevent unmanageable health consequences.  


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Published On: August 01, 2014