It is like a runaway train. There are now 2.1 billion people in the world who are either overweight or obese. This Reuters article gives these salient points:
- Obesity is imposing an increasingly heavy burden on the world’s population in rich and poor nations alike, with almost 30 percent of people globally now either obese or overweight – a staggering 2.1 billion in all, researchers said on Wednesday.
- The richest country, the United States, was home to the biggest chunk of the planet’s obese population – 13 percent – even though it claims less than 5 percent of its people.
- Obesity is a complex problem fueled by the availability of cheap, fatty, sugary, salty, high-calorie “junk food” and the rise of sedentary lifestyles.
- During the 33 years studied, rates of being obese or overweight soared 28 percent in adults and 47 percent in children.
- “The most concerning thing is that there’s not a single country that has seen a decline in obesity in the past 30 years,” study co-author Christopher Murray said
This is a losing battle and one that will drain healthcare dollars more than anything else. But let’s grade doctors on metrics like hypertension, BMI, cholesterol and diabetes because it is our fault that the world’s population is like a bloated tick. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?