Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The World Is Getting Fatter

Obesity is spreading around the world and continues to pose serious health threats according to Dr. Richard Horton, the editor of the Lancet a medical journal.  Besides posing health issues to individuals, the increased costs of treating obesity is a major expense for everyone.  Obesity can cause diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and certain forms of cancer.

This initial study shows that 1.5 billion adults in the world are overweight while 500,000 million of those adults are also classified as obese according to the U.S. Center of Disease Control's BMI calculator.

A different study by Dr. Wang at Columbia University predicts that 50% of Americans will be classified as obese by the year 2030 if this upward trend continues.  Inactivity and diets high in processed foods are the two main culprits for the rise in obesity.

More education is needed to reverse this trend in the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Today, personal trainers are learning how they can prescribe diets and exercise programs in order to help adults and kids alike win the battle against obesity.

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