While I always thought we Americans were really outdoing ourselves and the rest of the world, this week I stumbled across a couple of articles talking about obesity on a global scale.
Let's just say, those articles shocked the pants off me.
Starting with this article, here are a few quotes for you to chew on:
- Obesity is now blamed for around 5 percent of all deaths worldwide and has a similar negative effect on the global economy to smoking and armed conflict.
- It is predicted that almost half of the world's adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030.
- Obesity now costs the global economy $2 trillion in healthcare and lost productivity -- or 2.8 percent of global GDP -- $100 billion less than both smoking and armed conflict.
And then there was this article. We'll keep this one simple with just a summary:
|Rank||Country||Overall Obesity %||Women's Obesity||Attributed to…|
|10||Venezuela||31%||N/A||Healthy food shortages & high prices|
|9||Syria||32%||"Soaring among women"||Self home quarantine due to war|
|8||United States of America||32%||N/A||(I think we already know)|
|7||Mexico||33%||N/A||Readily available processed/calorie rich foods & lack of nutritional literacy|
|6||South Africa||33.50%||N/A||A growing fast food market|
|5||United Arab Emirates||33.70%||N/A||A growing junk food market, longer working hours & increasingly sedentary lifestyles (Interestingly, last year the government launched a weight loss challenge that rewarded loss with gold)|
|4||Jordan||34.30%||2:1 ratio (women vs men)||No details noted|
|3||Egypt||35%||N/A||Prevalence of affordable fast food coupled with an increase in per capita income|
|2||Saudi Arabia||35.20%||Over 37%||Conservative lifestyles that tend to shy away from physical activity|
|1||Kuwait||42.80%||Over 50%||A rapid rise in national prosperity|
So ... what should we do about this? Well, I have a thought...