CNN is now reporting that obesity has become a bigger global health crisis than hunger.
Using data gathered from 1990-2010 the Global Burden of Disease Report was published on December 13, 2012. The report can be found atTheLancet.com and was produced by nearly 500 researchers in 50 countries by clicking the link.
Co-author of the report Ali Mokdad was quoted saying:
“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. However, the world is now obese and we’re seeing the impact of that.”
The report discovered that in the last two decades obesity has increased an alarming 82%. Every major country in the world now has an obesity problem.
Mokdad went on to say:
“The so-called ‘Western lifestyle’ is being adapted all around the world, and the impacts are all the same.”
The strange thing is people are living longer than ever. On average men live 10.7 years longer than they did in 1990 and women live 12.6 years longer. The study claims that advancements in medicine and how diseases and health problems are treated have made it possible to live longer, but the quality of life becomes greatly increased. In addressing this Mokdad said:
“We’ve figured out how to keep the person who suffered a stroke alive, but then they’re living disabled for years afterward. That’s not the quality of life that person expected.”
Obesity is no longer a growing concern in society; it is a global issue that can no longer be hidden under the rug.