Obesity Rates Double Worldwide; Americans Lead the Packby Sonja Rose on Feb. 16, 2011, under Health
There’s never been a better time to live the thin lifestyle — Why?
Because obesity rates worldwide have doubled in the last three decades, and Americans are leading the pack at 205 million obese men and 297 million obese women.
Who are the slimmest people in the world? The Japanese – body mass index (BMI) rates for Japanese women are around 22; men, around 24. (People with a BMI of 30 or more are classified as obese).
According to new studies, however, blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped, mainly due to medications available for these conditions. Unfortunately, drugs don’t help as much for diabetes.
Experts warn in the studies that the increasing numbers of obese people could lead to a “global tsunami of cardiovascular disease,” and that obesity is also linked to higher rates of cancer and diabetes, and is also estimated to cause about 3 million deaths worldwide every year.
Majid Ezatti, professor of public health at Imperial College London and one of the authors, said national measures such as reducing salt content in prepared foods or banning trans fat could make a big dent in lowering blood pressure and cholesteral rates; I say, quit looking at outside sources to blame overweight problems on, and look at the amount of foods we choose to put in our mouths (why are we always blaming salt and trans fat for everything? Read: The Trans-Fat Myth).
Another part of the study blamed the encroaching empire of western fast food in other parts of the world as a reason why waistlines are expanding – even as healthier choices abound in fast food restaurants everywhere. However, it’s sometimes hard to order apple slices at McDonald’s when you have a cheeseburger and french fries staring you in the face (however, you could order a small hamburger for only 250 calories).
People want a pill to fix everything these days. Wouldn’t it be easier to simply “live thin,” and not have to take a pill? After all, it just feels better to occupy a thin body.
My ideas: Watch calorie intake. Read: Act like a thin person (what are those Japanese people eating? Eat like them!) Take responsibility for being overweight, and the most important thing of all — Live Thin!