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Thirty Percent

Posted on 06/3/2014

Nearly 30 percent of the world is now either overweight or obese according to a new report. That totals more than 2 billion people worldwide. And, it appears no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades.

The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where an astonishing 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are either overweight or obese. The U.S. has nearly 13 percent of the world’s overweight or obese population, the largest percentage of any other country. China and India have about 15 percent combined.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations at the University of Washington led the project, reviewing more than 1,700 studies spanning 188 countries from 1980 to 2013. The findings as a researcher so accurately put it, “It is pretty grim.”

The correlation between income and obesity was found that the richer people got, the bigger their waistlines also became. Also noted was the connection between spikes in diabetes and the rates of cancers linked to weight, like pancreatic cancer are also on the rise due to obesity.

The report was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published last Thursday in the journal Lancent.

Now what? Now that we know we have a worldwide epidemic on our hands. What can we do about it? The current approach is clearly not working! If we continue at this pace and keep doing the same old thing, I’m not sure what will happen. The entire planet will eventually become obese or overweight?

A report by the Public Interest Research Group found that the U.S. government has handed out at least $19 billion in subsidies over the past 18 years to companies who produce and market the products that have been linked to obesity….corn starch, sweeteners and soy oils. Seems like we need to change how we handle subsidies as well in order to help stop obesity in its tracks.

Obesity is costly and related medical treatment each year costs us $200 billion in the U.S. It sure seems subsidies are only adding fuel to the fire, if you ask me.
What do you think, readers?

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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