27 September 2010

America leading the way in global obesity increase

Is living in this country making us look fat?

The world’s population is getting fatter and Americans, overachievers that we are, are leading the way according to a study by Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation.

The study, which came out last week, claims that three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by the year 2020. The culprits for our fatty future are cheap food, eating out in restaurants (think McDonalds and Burger King), and lack of physical activity.

"Obesity is a growing threat to public health in all the advanced countries throughout the world. We have to find the most effective and cost-efficient way to deal with the problem," OECD spokesman Matthias Rumpf said.

Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, as well as reduces overall life expectancy by 8-10 years.

The study suggests that governments should be concerned with not only the potential loss of life but by the huge economic burden it would pass on to future generations.

The study also advises governments to implement health promotion campaigns as well as regulations to curb expanding waistlines.

Until then maybe they should change the name of Happy Meals to Fatty Meals.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw
Robin lives in NYC with her cat Maggie where she follows a vegetarian lifestyle, practices yoga, and volunteers at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Follow Robin on Facebook

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