World Health Organisation, obesity rates fact sheet, update Oct 2017
World Health Organisation latest obesity rates fact sheet released today and here is the link http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/
To say there is a catastrophic problem in society today is becoming an understatement. The paragraph below is taken from the WHO update attached is particularly disturbing.
“The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents aged 5-19 has risen dramatically from just 4% in 1975 to just over 18% in 2016. The rise has occurred similarly among both boys and girls: in 2016 18% of girls and 19% of boys were overweight. While just under 1% of children and adolescents aged 5-19 were obese in 1975, more 124 million children and adolescents (6% of girls and 8% of boys) were obese in 2016”.
The WHO update goes on to say what causes obesity and overweight, here is the extract.
What causes obesity and overweight?
“The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Globally, there has been: an increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat; and an increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization”.
This is now old science and is incorrect, all calories are different, because they are metabolised in the liver in different ways depending on the source. Fundamentally the problem is processed sugar, our daily intake has gone through the roof in the last 100 years and especially in the last 40 years since the invention of the ‘western diet’. In the liver Fructose calories are metabolised into fat and stored as fat, the fructose also interrupts the hormones that communicate to the brain to say you are full and therefore cause people to continue eating.
This is very complex but we now understand the biochemistry as to what happens. Bottom line, we do not need a single teaspoon of processed sugar in our diets and that is at the root of very serious pandemic. Governments are controlled by the Corporates and will not do anything about it. A sugar tax on fizzy drinks is just a small gesture and will have no impact on the rising numbers. Fructose is also very addictive and the food companies know this, the more sugar they can put into a product the more you will buy it.
There is also an epidemic of obese 6 month old babies.
The stats on CVD, obesity and diabetes are getting worse and worse, which is crippling the NHS as we all know and in a world where we have information overload to everything 24/7, 365, many people seem to be rushing like Lemmings to the cliff edge thinking that the NHS is going to fix us when we get sick, bonkers, bonkers, bonkers.
We have to use this information to somehow get the message across to people as to what is happening to our health.
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“More middle-aged people unhealthy” – says Public Health England report
Four fifths of middle-aged adults are putting themselves at risk of disease as busy lives and desk jobs make it increasingly hard to stay healthy, experts have said.
83% of 40 to 60-year olds are either drinking too much, are inactive or are overweight, Public Health England (PHE) said.
Officials said that 87% of men and 79% of women are not doing enough exercise, exceeding the recommended limits for alcohol or are either overweight or obese.
Figures taken from the Health Survey for England show that 77% of men and 63% of women in middle age are either overweight or obese – with the rate of obesity shooting up 16% in the last two decades.
The diabetes rate among this age group also doubled in this period in England, PHE said.
Meanwhile, many are also not being physically active and drinking too much.
The health body is encouraging adults to take its One You – How Are You health quiz which may highlight problems and areas for improvement.
People who take the quiz and are flagged as having a problem are directed to apps including Couch to 5K, Alcohol Checker and Easy Meals. “The demands of modern – day living are taking their toll on the health of the nation, and it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying new levels,” said Professor Sir Muir Gray clinical adviser of PHE’s One You lifestyle campaign.
“Over 15 million Britons are living with a long term health condition, and busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily”.
“But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life.”
Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, admitted: “People are busy with work, with families, with the daily grind and sometimes their health is the least of their priorities. “