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Globesity: Nobody is Safe

June 10, 2011

Not even the Animal Kingdom can escape…

“Globesity” is a term that WHO (World Health Organization) coined to describe the “escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity.” There are many misconceptions about this growing crisis, expounded upon in this ultra-informative article (http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/obesity/en/index.html), such as:

Obesity is a complex condition, one with serious social and psychological dimensions, that affects virtually all age and socioeconomic groups and threatens to overwhelm both developed and developing countries. In 1995, there were an estimated 200 million obese adults worldwide and another 18 million under-five children classified as overweight. As of 2000, the number of obese adults has increased to over 300 million. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; in developing countries, it is estimated that over 115 million people suffer from obesity-related problems.

So, although usually assumed to be solely a problem of the developed world, we are now learning that it affects almost all societies, which makes finding the solution even more complicated. According to The Independent in Feb. 2002, “‘Globesity’ is fast becoming more of a problem than famine and under-nutrition, and has now reached a point where it is becoming a serious threat to the health of every nation striving for economic development.”

Clearly this is an intensely serious issue, escalating to a public health crisis. How did it get to this extreme point? What is being done on a global level and what are some solutions that we as individuals can come up with and implement? And what can we do about this cat?!

(All images courtesy of http://www.fat-animals.com)

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