Obesity Now Kills More People Worldwide Than Car Crashes, Terror Attacks, And Alzheimer's Combined. A Giant Epidemic Governments Can’t Ignore.

WHAT IS OBESITY / OVERWEIGHT?

(UNHEALTHY EXCESSIVE WEIGHT)

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COULD HELP REDUCE WEIGHT, EVEN FOR INDIVIDUALS GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED TOWARD OBESITY, ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED IN PLOS GENETICS.

OBESITY KEY FACTS

  • Obesity Kills, But It Is Preventable.
  • Worldwide Obesity Has Nearly Tripled Since 1975.
  • Engage In Regular Physical Activity (60 Minutes A Day For Children And 150 Minutes Spread Through The Week For Adults).
  • 38 Million Children Under The Age Of 5 Were Overweight Or Obese In 2019.
  • Over 340 Million Children And Adolescents Aged 5-19 Were Overweight Or Obese In 2016.
  • In 2016, More Than 1.9 Billion Adults, 18 Years And Older, Were Overweight. Of These Over 650 Million Were Obese.
  • 39% Of Adults Aged 18 Years And Over Were Overweight In 2016, And 13% Were Obese.
  • Most Of The World's Population Live In Countries Where Overweight And Obesity Kills More People Than Underweight.

Obesity means having far too much body fat. It's about much more than your clothing size or how you look. It can seriously affect your health.

 

Your whole body feels it, from your joints to your heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other systems. The extra fat cells produce inflammation and various hormones, which boosts your odds of chronic medical conditions.

 

If it seems like those odds are stacked against you, remember that it's possible to beat them. The first step is to know where you stand.

ARE YOU OBESE?

You step on the scale and your doctor or nurse notes your weight. They might also measure your waist, since it's especially risky to have too much belly fat.

 

If your doctor says you're overweight, that means "you're slightly over what's considered healthy," says Y. Claire Wang, MD. She's co-director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative at Columbia University.

 

Obesity is beyond being simply overweight. It's very common -- more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults are obese. If you're one of them, you can work to lose weight. Although it's not easy, dropping some of those extra pounds -- maybe fewer than you think -- starts to turn things around for you.

WHAT YOUR BMI SAYS

 

For adults, experts usually define obesity based on body mass index, or BMI. This formula relates your weight to your height.

For instance, if two people weigh the same amount but one is taller than the other, the taller person will have a lower BMI. 

If your BMI is:

  • Below 18.5: underweight
  • 18.5-24.9: normal
  • 25-29.9: overweight
  • 30 or higher: obese

If you're obese, your doctor might talk about the categories of obesity:

  • Obesity level l: BMI of 30-34.9
  • Obesity level ll: BMI of 35-39.9
  • Obesity level lll: BMI of 40 or higher, which some also call "morbid" obesity

SOURCES:

www.vox.com/

www.who.int/