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The Health crisis of Globesity

Obesity affecting a very large percentage of the global population is known as Globesity. 

The latest WHO projections indicate that at least one in three of the world’s adult population is overweight and almost one in 10 is obese. Additionally, there are over 40 million children under age five who are overweight.

Source: WHO.

Being overweight or obese have important health considerations, as they are responsible for higher incidence rates of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, gout, fertility problems, some types of cancer and conditions like arthritis. These health issues affect the individuals and their families and as a result it reduces productivity, morbidity, increased mortality, depression. This, in turn, results in increased medical expenditure.

The Health crisis of Globesity |Blogs| Just for Hearts

The Health crisis of Globesity |Blogs| Just for Hearts

The causes of the alarming increase in the prevalence of obesity:

  • Availability of cheap junk foods: Due to globalization numerous junk food brands provide junk foods at cheaper prices.
  • Urbanization and Transition in Food habits: Due to urbanization, people try to imitate western food choices and consume sugary drinks, refined grains, and fast foods, forgoing our traditional food habits.
  • Consumption of energy-dense foods and increase in physical inactivity are major contributing factors.
  • Advancing technology
  • Change in work habits
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress

Obesity is widespread in both developing and developed countries alike. It is usually assessed using BMI and WHR (Waist-to-hip ratio). Interestingly Asians have a lower BMI cut-off than the rest of the world.  This is because we develop abdominal obesity which may give rise to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The Health crisis of Globesity |Blogs| Just for Hearts

The Health crisis of Globesity |Blogs| Just for Hearts

 

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