On malnutrition scale, obesity is one of the most patently visible- yet most overlooked- public health issues. Absurdly co-existing with under-nutrition, an intensifying world epidemic of overweight and obesity- “globesity”- is overpowering world. In case of lack of immediate action, millions are likely to suffer from a range of grave health disorders.
Being a complex condition, obesity is one with severe social and psychological dimensions, that has impact on gradually all ages as well as on socioeconomic group and impends to crush both developed and developing nations. As of 1995, there were nearly 200 million obese adults globally and another 18 million under-five kids were identified as overweight. In 2000, the figure of obese adults escalated to over 300 million. On the contrary, the obesity epidemic is not limited to industrialised societies; in developing nations, it’s estimated that about 115 million people are victim to obesity.
In general, though men may constitute higher rates of being overweight, obesity is most often found in women. With respect to both, obesity shams a major risk for severe diet-related non-communicable diseases, encompassing diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke as well as some forms of cancer. Its health concerns ranges from augmented risk of premature death to grave chronic conditions that lessen the overall quality of life.
Making healthy preferences- THE response:
Be aware that obesity is primarily a “social and environmental disease,” WHO is aiding to develop strategies that will make healthy choices easier to make.
In association with the University of Sydney (Australia), WHO is calculating the global economic influence of overweight and obesity. It’s also simultaneously working with the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in order to scrutinise the impact of globalisation and drastic socio-economic transition have on nutrition and also to classify the main political, cultural, socio-economical and physical factors responsible to promote obesogenic environments.