In June 2017 an article by the New England Journal of Medicine was released analyzing the health risks of obese and overweight individuals in 195 countries over 25 years. Here are the major conclusions of that study:
- There is probable evidence that being overweight leads to 20 different diseases including back pain, several types of cancers, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoarthritis
- The lowest overall risk of death was observed for a BMI of 20 to 25. Click here to determine your BMI.
- Globally, 5% of children and 12% of adults are obese. Obesity is generally higher in women than in men
- The prevalence of obesity has doubled in 73 countries in the last few decades
- In 2015, high BMI contributed to 4.0 million deaths globally with cardiovascular disease being the primary cause
- High BMI also accounted for 28.6 million years lived with disability
- From 1990 through 2015, there was a relative increase of 28.3% in the global rate of death related to high BMI
- “The results show that both the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI are increasing globally. These findings highlight the need for implementation of multicomponent interventions to reduce the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI”
Global obesity is increasing and the evidence supporting the resultant diseases of obesity at this point are irrefutable. What do you think we can do as a community to help prevent the further increase in obesity rates and further disease? Comment below.