Obesity and overweight are a global problem.
According to WHO (Obesity and Overweight Fact sheet, dated May 2012),
“Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.
Some WHO global estimates from 2008 follow.
- More than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight.
- Of these overweight adults, over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
- Overall, more than one in ten of the world’s adult population was obese.
- In 2010, more than 40 million children under five were overweight.
- Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.
- Close to 35 million overweight children are living in developing countries and 8 million in developed countries.”
20-27 January 2013 is the Australian Healthy Weight Week.
Australian Healthy Weight Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. It is part of the Dietitians Association of Australia’s comprehensive obesity strategy, helping to address overweight and obesity in Australia.
Whether or not you are an Australian, the 10 Week Challenge is a good guide to help you get closer to your weight goal. Let’s get started!