Obesity Overseas

Geez, it’s been a bad month for bodyweight overseas. If you thought only American had an obesity problem, think again. The rest of the world is also battling the bulge. Here are some posts from just this month. Take a look:
Unfortunately the pile-on continues. Nicholas Bakalar of The New York Times reports that Swedish children are getting fatter and fatter. Check it out:
Scientists writing in the April issue of Acta Paediatrica describe two groups of children in Uppsala, Sweden. The first included children who were 4, 10 and 16 in 1982. The second group had children who were the same ages in 2002, for a total of 1,066 participants. The researchers used medical records to gather statistics on weight and height.


The prevalence of overweight and obese children as measured by body mass index increased among the 4-year-old girls, to 22 percent in 2002 from 10 percent in 1982, and among 10-year-old girls, to 30 percent in 2002 from 14 percent in 1982.
You know, we’re still wondering about what killed the dinosaurs, but maybe we should focus more on what’s killing us. Because according to Dr. Fuhrman obesity doesn’t exactly lead to happy outcomes. From Eat to Live:
The number one health problem in the United States is obesity, and if the current trend continues by the year 2030 all adults in the United States will be obese. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that obesity is associated with a twofold increase in mortality, costing society more than $100 billion per year.1
1. Bender, R.C. Trautnet, M. Spraul, and M. Berger. 1998. Assessment of excess mortality in obesity. Am. J. Epidemiol. 147(1):42-48; Wolf, A.M., and G.A. Colditz. 1998. Current estimates of the economic cost of obesity in the United States. Obes. Res. 6(2):97-106.
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