Obesity Rates Among Youth On the Rise Globally

The most prolific causes of death in the developed world are lifestyle-based diseases.  This means they are a result of poor health choices, which means they are preventable.  Heart disease, for example, is a leading killer; and you can develop heart disease as a result of sedation and obesity (often both).

As a matter of fact, obesity continues to be a growing epidemic in most of the Western world but we are now starting to see that is also plaguing parts of the world where it was not previously much of an issue.

For example, girls in Malta and boys in Greece have the highest obesity rates in Europe. A World Health Organization (WHO) study says that girls consist of more than 11 percent of the population in Malta and boys make up nearly 17 percent of the population in Greece.  At the other end of the spectrum girls and boys in Moldova showed the lowest obesity rates (though they only make up 3.2 percent and 5 percent of the total population).

According to the Hellenic Association for the Study of Obesity, Metabolism, and Eating Disorders, it is alarmingly possible that roughly 480,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18 will be overweight or obese by 2025.  This is in alignment with studies from the World Obesity Federation who report that trends estimate 2.7 billion adults, globally, will be overweight or obese and 268 million children will be overweight; another 91 million children will be obese.

Obesity rates in 2010 showed that 218 million children were found to be, at least, overweight.

In addition to this, though, a recent “Juvenile Obesity” study warned that more than 35 percent of teenagers in Delhi are overweight or obese.  That is an even more alarming trend when you consider that this part of the world has long been plagued by poor conditions.  The trend suggest, however that the same poor lifestyle habits exhibited by more affluent western countries has made their way to the growing wealth of India.

Accordingly, Max Healthcare chairman of Department of Minimal Access, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery, Pradeep Chowbey comments, “[Children] do not burn any calories after their eating late at night as they sleep after that and at the same time during the day, they are lethargic thus burning very less calories in th day. Moreover, the increasing screen time in children these days causes a lot of emotional and hormonal changes. Stress hormones and steroids production is increased in the body which in turn increases the appetite, thus contributing to weight gain.”

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