30%: A Terrifying Statistic!
Roughly 30% of the world's population is obese or overweight. That's more than two BILLION people who have a higher body fat percentage than is good for their health! A new study
published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that around 10% of the world population is fully obese, while another 20% or so hit the overweight mark. After examining data from 195 countries over the course of 25 years, with the numbers increasing every year.
What Does This Mean?
Rising obesity rates are a very dangerous problem. Being obese or overweight drastically increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and potentially even certain types of cancer. Disease risk rises the higher your body mass index, and the only way to prevent the problem is to get back down to a healthy weight. But, given the fact that obesity rates are on the rise, it doesn't look like the world will be getting healthier anytime soon. If anything, the rates of obesity-related diseases and disorders will continue to increase as the world population gets heavier and has a higher body fat percentage.
How Did This Happen?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the rising obesity rates! People are engaged in more sedentary professions, so they move around less and burn fewer calories on a daily basis. The quality of food is also decreasing, with more low-nutrient, high-calorie foods available. The low cost of processed and artificial foods means more and more people are eating "junk food" than ever before. With the decrease in nutrient quality—the result of processed foods—it's more and more difficult to get the nutrients needed to be healthy. Add to that the rising rates of disease and the ever-increasing ways to entertain ourselves, and humanity is facing a very serious threat: our own body fat!
What Can We Do?
How can you combat the world obesity rates? Sadly, there's not a lot you can do to change the world at large. But you can take steps to avoid being one more of the 30%! It's time to get active, take charge of your diet, and start living and eating healthy.
Diet is #1
The most important part of controlling obesity is following a healthy diet. It's impossible to work off a bad diet, one filled with junk food and processed, artificial ingredients. You need to take back control of your eating habits and start looking for healthy, natural, nutrient-rich foods to make up the majority of your diet. Avoid eating foods that are highly processed, fried, deep fried, or loaded with chemicals and artificial ingredients. These foods will only slow your body down and increase calorie intake without providing more nutrients. A good rule of thumb for your diet is: if you didn't cook it from scratch, don't eat it. That way, you'll get all raw, natural ingredients!
Exercise is a Close #2
The amount of time you spend exercising isn't limited to your daily gym visits or home workouts. You need to be as active as possible all day and all week long. That definitely starts with a daily workout, preferably of moderate or high intensity, and lasting at least 45 to 60 minutes. Then try to find ways to be more active throughout the day, such as by walking more, parking farther, taking your kids/pets out of the house, and doing more chores at home. Get more activity in your weekends as well, and find ways to move as much as possible. The more you move, the more calories you burn and the faster your fat-burning metabolism!