Obesity Statistics

November 12, 2012

Obesity Statistics

Obesity statistics are quite scary to look at. It is a modern problem – statistics to chart overweight and obese individuals were not even in existence even as recently as 50 years ago. People everywhere are putting on weight and getting fatter, and forecasts estimate that the amount of people who are medically obese will have almost doubled between the years of 2005 and 2015. In 2005, there were around 1.4 billion overweight people, with around 400 million of those being obese. WHO (the World Health Organisation) have predicted that in 2015, there will be around 2.3 billion overweight individuals, with more than 700 million of them being obese, very obese or morbidly obese. In order to be classified as obese, your BMI should be over 30. The problem is worse in countries like the UK and the USA, while places such as Canada, Brazil and parts of Europe are all close behind. With new inventions that save time and make our lives convenient as well as the advent of cars, sedentary office work, fast food and cheap take-aways, our lives are getting more and more unhealthy. Most people lead very busy lives, and by the time we have spent up to 12 hours a day at work, done chores and dealt with family, we have very little time to spend focussing on exercise and preparing healthy meals – something most people expect to take a long period of time. And so we turn to easy foods, laden with fat and calories, and obesity statistics continue to rise. It is easy to find online BMI calculators that help you to determine whether or not you are in a healthy weight range for your height, or if in fact you are part of the obesity statistics. It is the most commonly used method for classifying or determining obesity in adults in the Western world. It is calculated by dividing the person’s weight in kilograms by their height in metres, and a figure between 18 and 25 is ideal. For those whose BMI is under-18, health problems relating to being underweight become a very real concern. If your BMI is between 25 and 30, you are classified as overweight. If it is over 30, you are medically obese. By being overweight or obese, you are putting your body under extra pressure and risk medical problems like diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It is paramount that you begin exercising and eating a healthy, balanced diet before your weight causes long-term problems for your health. BMI is not the only indicator of a healthy weight. A lot of health problems can be as a result of where on your body the weight is distributed. Weight carried around your waist is most dangerous – if your waist is above 31.5 inches as a woman, or 37 inches for a man, you are at higher risk of the obesity related diseases we mentioned earlier. Health organisations say that as obesity statistics rise, so do the instances of diabetes. It is a health problem that is only going to worsen unless the core issue of obesity is tackled. Obesity statistics among adults are not the only concern. They have been rising rapidly among children as well, which is a concern. Generally, a child who is obese at age 15 will grow into an adult who is obese.

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