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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32 Comments on "Obesity Is Bigger Health Crisis Globally Than Hunger"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Dec 16, 2012 at 6:52 am |

    for millennia humans struggled to reach this problem

    • 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.

  2. Tio Holtzman | Dec 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm |

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

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

  3. "obese" is polite for fatass | Dec 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

    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?

  4. Free Radio Revolution | Dec 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm |

    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 | Dec 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm |

      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.

  5. bobbiethejean | Dec 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm |

    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.

  6. 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”

  7. Nonsense. Obese people have more options.

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