Obesity Is Bigger Health Crisis Globally Than Hunger

At the beach - male abdominal obesityIt’s not just America y’all. Via CNN:

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 used 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…

[continues at CNN]


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  • BuzzCoastin

    for millennia humans struggled to reach this problem

    • echar

      Your two cents just gave a fat person incentive to eat junk food. Aren’t you glad you can safely remove yourself from the solution and gloat about it. Pat yourself on the back while I give two shits about what you think.

      • BuzzCoastin

        yeah, if I had held my tongue
        gluttons would hold theirs
        who knew I was the tipping point

        I’m so depressed, I’m gonna eat a Big Mac Combo Meal Super-sized

        • Andrew

          Good God Buzz, don’t do it!

        • BrianApocalypse

          For god’s sake don’t mention anything about the apocalypse Buzz, who knows what might happen!

      • 1plakat

        its called sarcasm. It takes a special skill to detect it on the interwebs.

        • echar


      • bobbiethejean

        How the hell does pointing out a fact like this incentivize fat people to eat junk food? Total non-sequitur.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          The vicious cycle of overeating and depression, leading to more overeating and more depression, eventually leading to a high fructose corn syrup IV drip.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            The coffin industry must be hopping.

        • echar

          Medicine, meet your maker!

  • Tio Holtzman

    just because our foods are modified to include growth hormones does not mean those growth hormones affect us in any way.

    • Andrew

      Just because a criminal fires a gun at your head doesn’t mean it’s going to kill you.

  • “obese” is polite for fatass

    I wonder how many starving children the body of that obese man in the image could feed.

    Does anyone else ever glance at a really fat person and wonder how many cheeseburgers could fit inside them?

    • JaceD

      I often wonder if they’ll explode if I stab them with pins.

  • Free Radio Revolution

    Hello folks, we’ve been discussing this topic a great deal in our podcast. There’s some shocking revelations about high fructose corn sugar (better known as glucose fructose) as being the main culprit of obesity (they literally put it in everything). The stuff is so evil it actually tells your brain to eat more of it while consuming. Beyond that it disrupts your brain patterns and actually makes you stupider… If that wasn’t enough it actually does considerable damage to your organs because your kidneys treat it as a toxin (which it rightfully is: youtube – sugar the bitter truth) A calorie is NOT A calorie. McDonald’s , coke et al will go down in history as some of the most evil corporations in world history!


    • bobbiethejean

      Do you have evidence for these claims, particularly about the contention that it makes us stupider? I find that one especially worrisome. The other issues can be fixed. Stupid? That can’t be fixed. At least not yet.

  • bobbiethejean

    There is so little understanding on this issue. A lot of people will try to boil it down to “JUST STOP EATING” and if it were that simple, we would not have a problem. It is not that simple. In fact it is a very complicated and diverse subject.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

      Much like sasquatch. 😉

      • bobbiethejean

        >8{ *starts fuming at the ears*

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        Sasquatches eat 100% organic, but some of it’s roadkill.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      should be “JUST STOP EATING…..wheat, aspartame, and high fructose corn syrup and replace with meat, veggies and healthy fats”

      People used to eat lard the 50’s and way less obesity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

      The prison of externally-defined self image is one of the most virulent diseases I have ever born witness to, the ruthless conditioning one of the hardest to overcome and tricksy to the eye even when gazed at directly. It seems to be deeply entangled in emotional wellbeing.

      • bobbiethejean

        These have got to be among the truest words ever spoken.

  • JaceD

    There’s no excuse for being obese. If you’re severly over weight, and you don’t like being called / thought of as fat, then do something about it. Eat a salad and do some exercise, it’s good for you.

    “Who’s that gut lord marching… you should cut down on your porklife mate… get some exercise”

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      Usually its naturally thin people that make this brilliant observation, people who couldn’t get fat if they tried.

      • JaceD

        Or people who eat healthy and part take in physical activities.

        • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

          or self-righteous douchenozzles

          • JaceD

            Sounds like someone needs to comfort themselves with a chocolate cake.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          No, not in my experience. Usually its some sullen, desiccated looking person.

          • JaceD

            I’m sure those people just need a hug, or a similar diet to the morbidly obese.

  • Earaches

    Nonsense. Obese people have more options.