Did you know that over the past three centuries, obesity has risen by 300%? This is really worrying, because it affects us, our children and our grandchildren. In America, around 37% of people are obese and it is believed that by 2030, this will have risen to 42%. This is according to a study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Some 180 countries were studied and it showed that the obesity epidemic is actually a pandemic. It affects developing and developed countries alike. Additionally, around a third of all cancers are associated with it, as is the rise in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And then, there is the social and psychological impact of obesity.
What Causes Obesity?
The main blame for obesity lies with poor diets and inactive lifestyles. People eat too many carbohydrates and food that is loaded with fructose, sugar and grain. Added to that the fact that people live a sedentary lifestyle, and there is a recipe for disaster.
A lot of efforts are being made to improve the situation, but these efforts clearly aren’t working. This is, for a large part, because food manufacturers aren’t honest. They wouldn’t make as much money if they told the truth about their products, after all. Propaganda affects all of us, and it is often impossible to eat healthy even for the best intentions.
Then, there is the fact that a lot of research into obesity is actually funded by the food manufacturers. This has resulted in myths and outright lies to be released to the public. People, in other words, are fighting enemies on every side.
For corporations, the interest is in making sure children get hooked on junk as early as possible. After all, that will make sure they will continue to consume if for as long as possible. When you consider that child obesity has already risen by 50%, it becomes clear that this is not some sort of weird conspiracy.
What Can Be Done?
There are a few things that have to be done in order to stop the epidemic. This includes:
- Preventing weight gain in the first place.
- Getting rid of junk food.
- Eating more fruit and vegetable.
- Swapping bad fats for healthy fats like coconut oil (which also suppresses appetite).
- Reducing protein (meat) intake.
- Fasting regularly to reduce insulin levels and rebalancing hormones.
- Exercising more and often through light activities and fitness programs.
Obesity can be beaten. It is a long and hard battle, but we can win it if we stick together. Help is out there for people who are so obese they cannot lose the weight by themselves anymore in the form of bariatric surgery. People are campaigning to force food manufacturers to be honest on their labels. A global battle against genetically modified food is underway. It can be done, but it is going to take time and a commitment from many different people, who all want the best for themselves and for our future generations.