Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger

Posted: December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger

By Danielle Dellorto, CNN
updated 7:49 PM EST, Thu December 13, 2012
Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries looked at 20 years of health data for the Global Burden of Disease report.
Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries looked at 20 years of health data for the Global Burden of Disease report.

  • The Global Burden of Disease Report reveals a massive shift in health trends
  • Worldwide, obesity has increased 82% in the last two decades
  • Diseases like stroke and heart disease are leading causes of years spent sick or injured

(CNN) — Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet.

Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries compared health data from 1990 through 2010 for the Global Burden of Disease report, revealing what they call a massive shift in global health trends.

“We discovered that there’s been a huge shift in mortality. Kids who used to die from infectious disease are now doing extremely well with immunization,” said Ali Mokdad, co-author of the study and professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which led the collaborative project.

“However, the world is now obese and we’re seeing the impact of that.”

The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990.

“The so-called ‘Western lifestyle’ is being adapted all around the world, and the impacts are all the same,” Mokdad said.

The health burden from high body mass indexes now exceeds that due to hunger, according to the report.

And for the first time, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart disease top the list of leading causes of years spent sick or injured.

Time to address a neglected global epidemic

“All these problems are tied to obesity,” Mokdad said. “We’re even seeing a large percentage of people suffering back pain now. If we could lower the obesity rates, we’d see the numbers of noncommunicable diseases and pain decrease as well.”

People are living longer than projected in 1990 — on average, 10.7 more years for men, and 12.6 more years for women. But for many of them, the quality of life during those years is not good. On average, people are plagued by illness or pain during the last 14 years of life, according to the study.

Researchers credit advances in medical technology for longer lives.

“We’ve figured out how to keep the person who suffered a stroke alive, but then they’re living disabled for years afterward. That’s not the quality of life that person expected, ” Mokdad said.

In Western countries, deaths from heart disease are down 70%. However, the number of people diagnosed with heart disease is increasing at alarming rates.

Noncommunicable diseases are a global challenge of “epidemic proportions,” according to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization.

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly last year, she said NCDs are a “slow-motion disaster” that eventually could break the bank.

Study: World is getting fatter, needs to stop

Leaders kicked off a two-day meeting at the U.N. that year by approving a “political declaration” meant to stem the rising tide of NCDs. It was only the second time a health issue had been debated at a special meeting of the General Assembly, after the group’s pledge a decade ago to tackle AIDS.

Shifting the focus from treating noncommunicable diseases to preventing them could prove beneficial to the economy as well.

NCDs will cost more than $30 trillion over the next 20 years, according to a 2011 report by the World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health. They estimate an additional $16 trillion will be spent on mental health conditions — costs that could push millions of people into poverty, economists say.

“We hope policymakers will pay attention to these numbers and figure out what programs they can implement to intervene on these trends,” Mokdad said.

“Many are so devoted to intemperance that they will not change their course of indulging in gluttony under any considerations. They would sooner sacrifice health, and die prematurely, than to restrain their intemperate appetite. And there are many who are ignorant of the relation their eating and drinking has to health. Could such be enlightened, they might have moral courage to deny the appetite, and eat more sparingly, and of that food alone which was healthful, and by their own course of action save themselves a great amount of suffering.” [Counsels on Diet & Foods p158]

God wants us to live healthier lives to be used in his glory if our bodies are unhealthy then we are unfit to be used by God. If we will not change our “course of indulging in gluttony”  we are doing a disservice for God in this sin the says “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17. But their is hope my friend Ezekiel 18:21,22,31  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Wow what a powerful promise choose this day whom you shall  follow.  God bless

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