**Photo courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos. net and hyward **** The Strategy for Fighting Worldwide ObesityDuring a scene from the 1970's blockbuster, Jaws, one of the crew members suggests getting a bigger boat because he realizes the magnitude of the problem at hand. It seems the fight against global obesity is another probmem that requires a reboot. We too, are going to need a bigger boat. Read post:** ** Global Obesity Continues to Grow**
Super-Size MeTo little surprise, a recent ** global review** has confirmed the world has become fat. However, obesity has become an epidemic that goes beyond the developed world. Every country is now at risk, and none have seemed to have any real measure of success in reversing the trend.
Between 1980 and 2013, worldwide obesity rose by 27.5 percent in adults and 47.1 percent in children. That translates into an increase from 857 million obese people in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. The percentage of overweight men jumped from 28.8 percent to 36.9 percent during the same time. Women had an increase from 29.8 percent to 38.0 percent.
In addition, men were more likely to be overweight or obese in developed countries while women were more likely to be overweight or obese in developing countries.
Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, were surprised to discover that no country has decreased obesity in a 33-year span. Rises in body mass index may dent the health gains made from reductions in smoking-related illnesses. Marie Ng, PhD, states that global action and leadership are needed for a successful intervention. The good news is that help may be on the way.
New Weight Loss Tactics
Food scientists have focused on issues of food safety and cost over the years and have achieved a good measure of accomplishment. They aim to shift the focus to making foods more nutrient-advanced and lower in calories. Obesity experts believe that maintaining a healthy weight will become easier in the next few decades.
New types of evidence based interventions including targeted drug treatments and the creation of foods that are more satiating are also hoped to reverse the current global obesity trends, according to a collection of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists Future Food 2050 publishing initiative. Read my interview: ** Dr. Adam Tsai Speaks on Weight Loss Drugs**
Lastly, Food Future 2050 spoke with obesity thought leaders who proposed potential solutions such as treating obesity as a disease, creating healthy foods that are more filling, working with developing nations to combat obesity rates and getting the government and the food industry to push consumers toward more healthy diets.
The Bottom Line
With the players in place and ideas being proposed that might help remedy the crisis that is global obesity, the coming years hold promise for making inroads to help with the problem of a world bursting at the waistline.
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