Obesity Around The Globe
What was once only a problem of wealthier countries, a worldwide increase in obesity seems to be plaguing more countries as a higher distribution of wealth and richer diets become more prevalent. There is definitely an increase in both adult and child obesity rates and the trend shows no signs of slowing down as relative incomes continue to increase all over the world.
Even though there have been countless programs implemented to combat obesity, the incidence of obesity continues to rise as people eat less healthy foods and their physical activity decreases. The United States leads the crowd, as expected, with nearly one third of its population classified as obese (Wall Street Journal). This rate is sadly projected to be close to 50 per cent by 2030.
Interestingly enough, it is the poorer segments of a population that tends to suffer the most from obesity. People with less education are the most affected because they are less likely able to afford diet plans and medical help that will help them to overcome the problem. Hispanic and African American women are the most likely to be affected by obesity in these groups.
Other areas of the world that are seriously affected by obesity among their populations include Europe, Central and South America, the Western Pacific and portions of Asia and Africa.
Obesity takes a higher toll in middle and low income countries, as these societies are already having a struggle in the world economy. Obese people have a higher than average loss of time from work due to illness and accidents, which affects the productivity overall in the workforce. In addition, public health systems which are already overburdened with infectious diseases, starvation, and under nutrition situations.
It seems that obesity would be at odds in countries where malnutrition is also rampant, but in situations where people who can get food, get and use the wrong kinds of food cause obesity to run rampant in those segments of a society.
The burden on a society with problems with obesity stems from the lack of overall education of the people. Unless people are schooled in the proper techniques of nutrition, they will not necessarily know what to eat and what not to eat. If people know what types of food will give them the best overall outcome and the see the results among their peers, they are not likely to make any significant lifestyle changes or changes in their diets.
Speaking from a historical standpoint, when a country becomes more westernized in its capability to produce incomes for people that represent a significant increase overall, their diets change accordingly. More fast food establishments come into the countries and less ethnic food preparation takes place, thus introducing more trans fats and all of the foods that cause the problems.
In order to combat obesity, one needs to consult a dietitian, make changes with their diet, engage in physical activity, and other necessary changes in living a healthy life. For more tips in weight management, read CDC's viewpoint about it.
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Link TV (February 25, 2010) GLOBAL PULSE: Obesity Going Global (2/26/2010) [Youtube file] Retrieved on December 29, 2014 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfENV7cW3eE
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CDC (August 17, 2011) Losing Weight. Retrieved on December 29, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/ind...