Obesity – everything you need to know

Did you know?

  • Obesity is a global public health crisis
  • Its prevalence has now overtaken the underfed
  • Its prevalence has increased radically over the past three decades
  • If rates continue in this fashion, by 2030, 86.3% of adults will be overweight or obese and 51.1% will be obese
  • Obesity is a risk factor for the development of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemias, stroke and cancer
  • Obesity is a metabolic disease with multi-factorial causes, including genetics and environmental
  • The detrimental effects of obesity are greater than both smoking and drinking in terms of overall health conditions and health-related costs
  • In 2008, costs to treat obesity totalled $147 billion in the US
  • Over the past decades, much research has focused on the causes of obesity and how it could be prevented or treated.
  • It is not caused by a mere lack of willpower
  • The Obesity epidemic is bigger than individual responsibility
  • Modern eating habits and food culture must be changed if we are going to have a chance at reversing this problem on a global scale.
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