Worldwide obesity is still a thing?
Absolutely. In 2015 the United States of America, is still ranking at #2 in the world as one of the most obese countries in the world. You might say to yourself, well whole, organic and gluten-free foods are very trendy now, this can’t be right? That may be true, but higher quality foods do not equate to lower quantity fat. We’re still consuming larger amounts and exercising the least than most of the world.
We can mostly chalk that up to access to convenience, in many forms. Fast food and easy consumption of entertainment and goods. We’re also very poorly educated when it comes to what qualifies us as obese, more importantly how and when we should be weary of the consequences of being obese. It’s a scary and very shame-fueled word these days but it doesn’t have to be that way. The more we accept that it is a qualifying term for inevitable health issues the sooner we can act on preventative and weight control measures.
It’s not exactly an impending doom sentence – it’s a fair warning that must prompt us to action.
Being overweight Vs. being obese.
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The WHO definitions of overweight and obesity are:
- a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is overweight
- a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obesity
*Wait, what is BMI? BMI (Body Mass Index) scale. Click Here for more details
Potential Risks include,
- abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health;
- have important consequences for morbidity, disability and quality of life;
- entail higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, several common forms of cancer, osteoarthritis and other health problems