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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Truth About Obesity

Obesity, dubbe "globesity", has become such a worldwide health crisis that its treatment and prenvention forms a major part of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Chonic Diseases and Health Promotion strategy. Globally, our weight is increasing so dramatically the WHO predict that by the year of 2015, there will be 2.3 BILLION overweight adults in the world, 700 million of them will be obese!

It's not just the number of people that are overweight that's of concern, but just HOW overweight we are becoming. The prevalence of extreme obesity defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater is on the rise.

Health Risks

Being overweight is associated with a number of chronic diseases, the higher your BMI, the higher your risk of developing these diseases :
  • Cardiovascular disease (predominantly heart disease, stroke and blood vessel disease) which is the world's number one cause of death. Many cases are premature and preventable.
  • Diabetes - also now a global epidemic
  • Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) due to extra weight the body has to carry
  • Higher risk of developing certain cancers (endomentrial, breast and colon)
  • premature ageing, disability and dealth
  • Sleep apnoea

Obese School Girls

Fact sheets about Obesity and overweight issue (WHO)

Want to know about how to reduce BMI faster and safe? click here
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