The Globesity Epidemic

Sustainable Development Goal: Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3)

by

Dr. Reetu Verma

 

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), Globesity[1] has almost tripled since 1975. Nearly 40% of the world’s adults are now overweight and more than 13% are obese, while over 340 million children and adolescents ages 5 to 19 are overweight or obese. Without interventions, these children and adolescents are “likely to struggle with weight into adulthood”. Therefore, tackling the growth in obesity is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3).

WHO’s acceleration plan to stop obesity[2]  highlights the need for urgent pocliy change and action as “no country is on track to meet global targets to stop the increase in obesity!” Further, the aticle points out, “Stopping the growing obesity epidemic is one of the 2025 Global Nutrition Targets (for children under 5)”.

Davies, in the paper “Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity: The Link” indicate that obesity is the number one predictor of type 2 diabetes which has also skyrocketed in recent decades. The Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health[3] talks about excess weight, especially obesity, diminishes almost every aspect of health, from reproductive and respiratory function to memory and mood. They also cite showing that obesity raises the risk of asthma (risk raised by 50%) and Alzheimer’s disease (risk raised by 42%).

We all know that the big policy changes come about at the governmental level. However, at the individual level, each one of us can make a change towards our own health and well-being. This includes simple lifestyle changes with entails regular exercise, changes in food choices and hydration just to name a few.

Though not easy, please remember that there is help available, so reach out:

  1. For help with Lifestyle Changes, please contact us here at Healing Health and Happiness.
  2. Contact Lesley at Teal Flame Healing Centre on 42292496 to learn more about dropping a dress size with hypnotic virtual gastric band.
  3. Please talk with your GP with regards to a surgical option.

 

To learn a little bit more about obesity, please click link on link below

/https://healinghh.com.au/rapid-escalation-of-obesity-in-adolescents-and-adults/

 

[1] Obesity affecting a very large percentage of the global population.

[2] https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240075634.

[3] Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, “Obesity Prevention Source: Health Risks”.

 

Featured image: courtesy of Unsplash