Statistics and estimates as reported by the The International Obesity Task Force, the US Census, WHO World Health Report and other organizations indicates the enormity of the world wide obesity problem:
- Over 300 million people worldwide are obese and 750 million more are overweight.
- More than 22 million of the world’s children under 5 are overweight or obese.
- In some parts of Africa, fatness and obesity afflicts more children than malnutrition does – sometimes four times as many, a study showed that 0.7 percent of children are showing features of malnutrition, but over 3 percent are overweight or obese.
- In the United States about 13 percent of children are overweight or obese and the percentage of overweight children between the ages of 6-and 11 has nearly doubled since the the 1980’s.
- In some countries, more than 30 percent of the children are obese.
- Six million American adults have a BMI 40+ and are classed as morbidly obese (BMI of 40+), almost twice as high as in 1980, while another 9.6 million have a BMI of 35-40.
- About 60% of American adults are overweight, that is 39.8 million people.
- In 2008 Americans spent more than $40 billion on diets and weight loss products and diet and weight loss supplements reached sales of $16.1 billions. About 20 000 different products are produced by more than 1 000 manufactures. These products are used by a estimated by 100 million Americans.
- The economic cost of obesity is immense, in the USA the direct medical costs of obesity are calculated at more than $93 billion a year
- According to the US National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States and an estimated 300,000 deaths per year are caused by obesity.
If you need to lose weight there is no point in postponing or looking for excuses, you need to take positive action and to start doing something about the situation!
First of all, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting a diet or weight loss program.
If your goal is to lose weight permanently you should follow a weight loss program or diet that leads towards slow, steady weight loss. Official weight loss guidelines indicate that no matter how much excess weight or fat you have, you should not lose more than 2 pounds of fat a week. Initial weight loss may be greater due to the loss of water. An exception to this would be if your doctor believes that it would be beneficial to your health if you lose weight more rapidly.
Overcoming an obesity problem is often more a matter of changing to a healthier life style than following just a diet. Here are 10 basic steps to take that would do you a lot of good:
- Start drinking more water.
- Stop drinking that endless and bottomless cups of coffee.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Get more exercise, walk don’t drive whenever possible.
- Join a gym and follow an exercise program.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables.
- Included high fiber foods in your diet.
- Limit fat and sugar intake.
- Stop smoking.
An easy way to start changing your life style is to make a list of things that needs to be addressed and then set goals for yourself. Then start making the changes needed, even if it is only one small step at a time.