Last week The Lancent published a comprehensive study on global obesity, which was mentioned in the media all over the world.
The study, which was covered the years from 1980 to 2013, revealed that in 1980 857 million were obese, now the figure is 2.1 billion. Yes, with a “b”! Yup, 30% of people around the world are either overweight or obese, this figure is mind boggling. Especially when you think how many millions around the world are hungry or starving.
The greatest increase was among women in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and Honduras. As for men the fattest are New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The proportion of men who were overweight or obese increased from 28.8% in 1980 to 36.9% in 2013, whereas the proportion of women in that category increased from 29.8% to 38% during the same period, the report announced.
Of course, it’s no secret that the cause of all this is increased consumption of cheap and convenient fast food which is high in saturated fats, salt and other nasties. And of course the lack of movement/exercise.
The saddest thing in all this is that this problem can be so easily avoided, so that 3.4 million people a year would not have to die! Now stop reading and go workout!