The World Health Organization (WHO) has an amazing fact file with 10 facts everyone should know about obesity, which is at epidemic level in the United States. There are five facts below and this is a great time to read them as we put away body-conscious clothing and prepare to nest for the winter.
Overweight and obesity are defined as “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health”
More than 1.4 billion adults were overweight in 2008, and more than half a billion obese
Globally, over 40 million preschool children were overweight in 2008
Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight
For an individual, obesity is usually the result of an imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended
Visit WHO’s Fact File on Obesity to read the rest of the facts. Without question obesity is a problem and the more we know the better we can do to combat it.