Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Obesity alert: Rewind the Future


"You have to make a change!"

This video from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has a powerful message: you can meet Jim, he's a young man who is arriving the Hospital having a heart attack. And then, we hear the doctor asking "how the hell does that happen?" Well, it happens, nowadays more than ever, and this is a way of fast forwarding into a scary future that many of us can experience.

Here are 10 facts about obesity, according to the World Health Organization:

1. Overweight and obesity are defined as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health"
2. More than 1.4 billion adults were overweight in 2008, and more than half a billion obese
3. Globally, over 40 million preschool children were overweight in 2008
4. Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight
5. For an individual, obesity is usually the result of an imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended
6. Supportive environments and communities are fundamental in shaping people’s choices and preventing obesity
7. Children's choices, diet and physical activity habits are influenced by their surrounding environment
8. Eating a healthy diet can help prevent obesity
9. Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy body
10. Curbing the global obesity epidemic requires a population-based multisectoral, multi-disciplinary, and culturally relevant approach

Let's make a change in order to have a brighter and healthier future!

Your TopCrusher,

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