Archive for Friday, February 4, 2011

Studies: Global obesity rates double over last 30 years

February 4, 2011


— The world is becoming a heavier place, especially in the West.

Obesity rates worldwide have doubled in the last three decades even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped, according to three new studies.

People in Pacific Island nations like American Samoa are the heaviest, one of the studies shows. Among developed countries, Americans are the fattest and the Japanese are the slimmest.

In 1980, about 5 percent of men and 8 percent of women worldwide were obese. By 2008, the rates were nearly 10 percent for men and 14 percent for women.

That means 205 million men and 297 million women weighed in as obese. Another 1.5 billion adults were overweight, according to the obesity study.

Though richer countries did a better job of keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control, researchers said people nearly everywhere are piling on the pounds, except in a few places including central Africa and South Asia. The studies were published today in the medical journal, Lancet.

The research confirms earlier trends about mounting obesity and the three papers provide the most comprehensive, recent global look at body mass index, cholesterol and blood pressure. Body mass index is a measurement based on weight and height.

Experts warned the increasing numbers of obese people could lead to a “global tsunami of cardiovascular disease.” Obesity is also linked to higher rates of cancer, diabetes and is estimated to cause about 3 million deaths worldwide every year.


Jennifer Dropkin 7 years, 4 months ago

...and refined carbohydrates like white bread and hamburger buns and french fries and potato chips and white rice, and not enough vegetables to buffer all those excess simple carbohydrates metabolizing into body fat.

geekin_topekan 7 years, 4 months ago

Building a fort, catching a horse to ride and playing Evil Knevil on our bicycles were also great ways to pass the time. Little league and Friday night rollerskating were ritual. Taking the old green truck (The Green Lizard) into the hills to gather firewood and making a small business out of cleaning wood stoves and their pipes when I got a little older. I always wondered why that one lady, 30 or so, would always invite me to take off my shirt when I worked. Very strange.

sallyone 7 years, 4 months ago

I find the term obesity to be offensive and I think that they should stick with the term overweight. A lot of the problems with overweightness is not inactivity but genetic. So give overweight people a break or try walking in their shoes for a while.

sr80 7 years, 4 months ago

sitting on your butt all day is not genetic.fatso

gr 7 years, 4 months ago

If not obese, maybe you would suggest, "grossly overweight"?

Lot's of people claim genetics, but none have explained how they defeat the laws of physics. If inputs exceed outputs, most likely the net is an increase. Now, maybe, if you have faulty genetics, that increased input is not retained, but it doesn't work the other way of retaining what is not ingested. Matter cannot be created out of nothing.

Do you recall the comic about the fat guy holding a very large piece of cake claiming "genetics" to the slim woman holding a small sliver of cake? I bet if you are obese, you won't share what you are eating because you really know the quality and quantity is what is making you fat.

Exercise is not the key. How many miles would you have to run to expend the calories of even the sliver of cake? It's best not to eat the cake but eat fruits and vegetables. Much easier. Much healthier. But, most of those obese avoid eating many fruits and vegetables because it doesn't give them the sugar high as does eating fat filled donuts and such things.

They would rather die than give up their pleasure. And die they do.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, sallyone, but I have to disagree with you about the genetic factor. Less than ten percent of the U.S. population is obese due to genetics. The cause is not eating healthy nutritional food in appropriate portions as well as lack of exercise and physical labor.

I'm beginning to wonder if part of the problem is that people don't know what is nutritional and what an appropriate portion is.

somedude20 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes, most people of size (pos) do have a certain scent that is not all that pleasant and watching them gorge on Taco Bell is rather gross but look at the upside folks. Fat people will be the first eaten by zombies so that means you do not have to be the fastest runner but just faster that the "POS". Plus, when the chubs do become zombies, how fast could they really run? We are not going to have the speed of the "28 Days Later" (which by the way were not zombies) or the remake of "Dawn of the Dead" zombies so let them eat. Yes, I know the healthcare cost is such a burden on our system and that obesity is the leading cause of death (more than evil smoking brahahahaha)

BigPrune 7 years, 4 months ago

I read that high fructose corn syrup can't be metabolized and the manufacturers use high fructose corn syrup because it is much cheaper than a beet based sweetener it replaced (which could be metabolized by the human body).

gr 7 years, 4 months ago

30 years. That seems familiar..... 30....

That's it!
30 years worth of data is the number of years some decided was useful for determining if the earth was warming. Let's see..... If people started getting fat and increasing in weight these last 30 years and if the earth only started warming these last 30 years, the correlation cannot be overlooked.

Obese people have caused global warming! Tax them more!

That's one of those scientific FACTS! I'm sure there will be some here who will deny it, but they are only denying "science". Science being defined as when one uses facts and random correlations to get their way and to force others to do what they want them to do.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, right. My father is a better cook than my mother ever was! LOL

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