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Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world

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Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2014 01:20 AM by AlexMuller

The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, says a report from a UK think tank. The Overseas Development Institute said one in three people worldwide was now overweight and urged governments to do more to influence diets.

 
In the UK, 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese. The report predicts a "huge increase" in heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Globally, the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese - classed as having a body mass index greater than 25 - grew from 23% to 34% between 1980 and 2008.
 
The majority of this increase was seen in the developing world, particularly in countries where incomes were rising, such as Egypt and Mexico. The ODI's Future Diets report says this is due to changing diets and a shift from eating cereals and grains to the consumption of more fats, sugar, oils and animal produce.
 
A total of 904 million people in developing countries are now classed as overweight or above, with a BMI of more than 25, up from 250 million in 1980. This compares to 557 million in high-income countries. Over the same period, the global population nearly doubled.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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Developing world is unfortunately showing a big increase in life style related illnesses. It is not just obesity that would increase diabetes and hearth problems but cancer also
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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Obesity has become a world-wide epidemic. For the first time in human history, the number of overweight people rivals the number of underweight people
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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It is so surprising how quickly proportion of overweight people increased during the past 20 years, humans evolved to be on the move with the food limits. Our body metabolism can not change so quickly Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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Our lifestyle is one major cause of health problems and educating people to change and prevent this continue is the priority- Governments should do more
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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What is alarming is that diabetes used to be confined to older adults for most of the 20th century. Now, this disease affects obese children even before puberty. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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I think that keeping more closely to a lifestyle that human bodies evolved to experience is the key to tackle this problem Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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I think that this is because consumption of fat, salt and sugar, which has increased globally according, is a significant factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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There is a push to use technology to create preventative healthcare. Recently, hi-tech sensors aimed to help prevent obesity, have been tested with promising results
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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It is clear that sensors will increasingly be integrated into healthcare. From connected scales to sensors that can track heart rate ...... the patient can follow and try to understand their healthcare data. This should be very helpful Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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There is quite a bit of activity in this area already. There are apps that can track medical conditions daily. This can be helpful for patients who have new symptoms and want to track what may trigger their symptoms Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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Lot of people are questioning using BMI calculator as the only parameter. 
I also realise that there are many overweight and obese people, but a 'one size fits all' calculation devised by somebody following a set of theories is not the way to classify people's relative fatness. There is a need for better classification parameters Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-04
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We should not forget that obesity and under-nutrition often exist side by side. We also need to act urgently to deal with millions of cases of extreme hunger and under-nutrition in children. Reply


 

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