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It’s World Obesity Day – Pass the Ketchup, Porky

Yes, it really is World Obesity Day.

If you’ve not already got membership, drive on down to your local fast food store and join up today, by buying a burger and fries and a sugar-laden drink. Make sure to ask the colleague to supersize you.

But seriously, what exactly are we celebrating?
Answer – The cost of treating obesity in the UK (and worldwide).

The World Obesity Federation estimates that worldwide there will be 2.7 billion overweight and obese people by 2025. The UK will have its fair share of that figure, and it is likely that the costs of treating them will rise from today’s 19 billion pounds to 31 billion pounds by 2025. Some jump, yes?
It’s going to take some real solid eating and drinking to get to that level. But I think we have the people to do it. Trouble is the NHS is struggling now, and cannot see how they can generate that much money to treat the growing masses that will be filling the treatment rooms in only a few years time.

World Obesity Day was started on 11th October 2015, to raise awareness of the growing need to tackle what has become a worldwide epidemic. It didn’t seem to get too much publicity at the time, or maybe I was just looking the other way that day.
World Obesity Day 2016 majored on childhood obesity. Children overweight are more likely to have emotional or psychological problems caused by bullying and peer or family pressures.

overweight childrens

But childhood obesity can also lead to more physical conditions including blood pressure problems, sleep disorders, and even cancer, heart or diabetes issues. Overweight children are also more likely to grow up to be overweight adults.

World Obesity Day 2017 is themed as “Treat obesity now, and avoid the consequences later”. Not really a very inspiring message. It won’t win many awards.

The Federation wants to try and help create a global community of organisations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity. Well, good luck with that.
The drug companies are unlikely to want to get on board. They want to carry on supplying large volumes of drugs to the bulging masses. Doctors just want to prescribe the drugs, because that’s what they’ve been taught.

The biggest killers in our world today are cancer, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. All connected with the rapidly worsening slide into obesity. Add to that the secondary issues of joint replacements and back trouble, and you have a major (and costly) epidemic.
In real terms, poor food and drink choices are at the core of this epidemic. Fast and additive laden foods, sugary drinks and alcohol – all contribute.

Obesity in progress

Obesity in progress

Initiatives like “red for danger” food labeling, and education in schools are small steps forward, but really a lot more has to be done. Food manufacturers and retailers have to help, and governments have to make rules.

While we don’t want a nanny state, we also can’t afford to have whole sectors of the population waddling around out of breath and waiting for the next heart attack.

 

So maybe it’s down to you and me to make a start. Throw the ketchup back in the cupboard and start to work out some new healthy eating plans for you and your family. Just small steps, nothing drastic.

Healthy Options

Healthy Options

Why not take a look at the Paleo Diet. It is not specifically Vegan or Vegetarian, but it is a positive way of moving away from unhealthy eating habits. Check it here

You could do worse than using this as a starting point. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes for now,    Chris

4 Comments

  1. Great information Chris but oh so scary at the same time. I realized that being obese could cause some health issues but not to this extent. When I was a kid we did not spend hours in front of a computer screen, we were outside playing some type of sport. We would burn lots of calories this way. Today’s youth has changed. Even the sports that they do play it is all organized. Parents have to dish out all kinds of money for equipment etc just so their child can be involved in sports. Gone are the days of playing hockey out on the street with a broken old stick.
    Although the age of technology has helped in some ways we need to get back to more physical activities that we can enjoy and help us at the same time.

    • Agree completely, Maureen. Exercise and a healthy diet could change the lives of so many people of all ages. As it is we spend millions on healthcare that needn’t be spent. No easy answer. Best wishes, Chris

  2. This is a great website! I grew up in a low income family and I ate whatever was put on my plate. To my mind, a normal balanced meal was a large portions of meat, a portion of grain, and a smaller portion of canned fruit or vegetable. It wasn’t until I was 18 that l learned about a realistically healthy diet and where meat comes from. I decided to go vegan immediately, eating mostly all raw fruits and vegetables. My body reacted terribly. I forced myself to live in constant digestive pain for almost a year, thinking it would eventually go away. After doing my own research I learned that I should have taken smaller steps rather than such a drastic transformation. Now I am mostly vegetarian. I’ll only eat meet if it is presented to me from family or friends. Any animal product that I buy such as cheese and eggs comes from a humane source. Do you have any advice for people wanting to convert to being vegetarian or vegan, coming from a very unhealthy diet?

    • Hi Jacob, thank you for your comments. I see completely where you come from. I think a lot of people have similar issues. It is tough to change lifestyle overnight. Better to go slow and learn as you go in my view.  Maybe one or two days meat and dairy free per week for starters and then just build from there. Sounds like you doing a lot  of things right. Go for it. Best wishes, Chris

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