Sunday, November 12, 2017

13/11/2017: Obesity kills and fish can combat that

by Ioannis Zabetakis

On October 11, 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some rather worrying data: we are getting fatter and fatter at alarming rates

 


 In detail, the number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades.

If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022.

The study was published in The Lancet ahead of World Obesity Day (October 11) (Abarca-Gómez et al.).

It analysed weight and height measurements from nearly 130 million people aged over five years (31.5 million people aged five to 19, and 97.4 million aged 20 and older), making it the largest ever number of participants involved in an epidemiological study.

More than 1000 contributors participated in the study, which looked at body mass index (BMI) and how obesity has changed worldwide from 1975 to 2016.

Obesity rates in the world’s children and adolescents increased from less than one percent (equivalent to 5 million girls and 6 million boys) in 1975 to nearly six percent in girls (50 million) and nearly eight percent in boys (74 million) in 2016.

Combined, the number of obese five to 19 year olds rose more than tenfold globally, from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016.

An additional 213 million were overweight in 2016 but fell below the threshold for obesity.

So, adding obese and overweight people aged five-19 years old, we have a sum of 337 millions.

You can stop reading this article now.

And just think how many obese/overweight people under 19 years old you know. Do these people have a sports hobby? Do they exercise at all? What do they eat? How often do they eat fish?

In our January 2017 article, we mentioned that Irish Food Pyramid is full of scientific mistakes; mistakes that could promote obesity by passing the wrong message to the public.

Meat and fish are not equal in terms of nutritional value and this fact has been overlooked in Ireland.

What about the health authorities in other countries? Do they convey accurate diet guidelines?


To see references and read the full article click, HERE.

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