From Your Health Journal…..”So many years ago, I remember seeing ads on the TV about hunger all over the world, and how we need to support various regions with aid, to help keep the healthier and nourished. As a child, I remember how cool it was that other people would go out of their way to help someone in need, simply by donating a small amount of money. Skip ahead many years, and now we are hearing about obesity all around the world. Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world. The report in this study suggests that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Society needs to evaluate what has happened in the last couple decades that has environmentally changed that may be the big cause of all this health issue. CNN reports some great articles, highly recommend reading this one.”
From the article…..
Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet.
Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries compared health data from 1990 through 2010 for the Global Burden of Disease report, revealing what they call a massive shift in global health trends.
“We discovered that there’s been a huge shift in mortality. Kids who use to die from infectious disease are now doing extremely well with immunization,” said Ali Mokdad, co-author of the study and professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which led the collaborative project.
“However, the world is now obese and we’re seeing the impact of that.”
The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990.
“The so-called ‘Western lifestyle’ is being adapted all around the world, and the impacts are all the same,” Mokdad said.
The health burden from high body mass indexes now exceeds that due to hunger, according to the report.
And for the first time, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart disease top the list of leading causes of years spent sick or injured.
Time to address a neglected global epidemic!
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