A comprehensive new study by a global group of researchers has just come out with shocking results that no government can ignore. The impressive research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and among some fascinating results, the study shows obesity as the number one cause of death worldwide!
The massive research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and it brought the best estimate yet on the worldwide obesity issue. This was the largest systematic analysis of obesity data ever done, and it included medial documents and data sets on obesity from 195 countries around the globe. The staggering results show more than 10% of the world’s population, meaning 107.7 million children and 603.7 adults, are now obese.
Since 1980, the obesity prevalence has doubled in more than 70 countries around the world
In the recent decades, obesity has become more and more widespread, doubling its presence in more than 70 countries around the world. Somewhat surprisingly, lack of exercise is not the main culprit here, it is the changes to the food environment. This basically means that now we have cheap, calorie-rish and nutrient poor sodas, candy, and junk food available on almost every corner. Particularly in cities, giant food companies like PepsiCo and McDonalds have made everything super accessible, cheap and always available, not to mention the more than successful marketing going on for these companies.
Just in 2015, obesity contributed to 7% of all deaths globally, which is more than 4 million lost lives. The high body weight is a major risk factor when it comes to a number of chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney diseases, cardiovascular conditions, and a number of cancers. Childhood obesity is one of the fastest growing problems in the world, and the US rate is the highest. 13% of American children are considered obese, while Egypt showed the highest adult obesity prevalence with 35% of adults that are obese.
Governments around the world are introducing different measures to fight this prevalent problem. The policies include limited measures of sodas, reducing the sizes of junk food, curbing marketing of unhealthy foods to kids, and trying to make school meals healthier, but not all of them are implemented as effectively. President Trump’s administration is expected to pose several setbacks to these measures as it has already been pushing back key federal policies that were designed to control obesity. As time goes by, the growing problem of obesity keeps burdening countries around the world, and they all must stop ignoring this issue and face it head on.