11 Shocking Facts You May Not Know About Obesity
Obesity is responsible for a number of fatal diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, certain types of cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, and the list just goes on. As if the physical and overall health impact was not enough, few are aware of obesity’s psychological toll such as low self-esteem, depression, and suicide. It’s a serious issue and we want to shed some light on it, so today we are going to share with you 11 shocking things you might want to know about obesity. Aesthetics has nothing to do with it. Rather, it’s about a higher quality of life. Written by Theodoros II
There are more people today worldwide who suffer from obesity than hunger or starvation. Actually, if obesity rates stay consistent for the next fifteen years, it is estimated that a whopping fifty-one percent of the global population will be obese by 2030.
Even chickens are fatter these days due to the way they are fed in order to they will produce more eggs and meat, and a recent survey showed that the average chicken in America is 266 percent fatter today than it was in the seventies.
Research has shown that people who eat out for dinner or breakfast rather than a home-cooked meal usually end up obese. Also, lack of sleep is one of the best allies of obesity. Even if you don’t eat unhealthy, lack of sleep can cause you to gain up to two pounds of fat in a week.
Contrary to popular belief, the USA is not the fattest nation in the world; it ranks eleventh, with thirty-two percent of the population being obese. The honor of “fattest” country goes to Kuwait, with an incredible 42.8% of its population being obese.
However, annual health costs related to obesity in the United States surpass $200 billion (more money spent than anywhere in the world), while over twenty-one percent of medical costs in the United States can be attributed to obesity.
Modern medicine attributes forty-four percent of the diabetes burden, twenty-three percent of the ischemic heart disease burden, and between seven and forty-one percent of certain cancer burdens exclusively to being overweight and obesity. According to the American Cancer Society 572,000 Americans die of cancer each year, about one-third of these deaths are linked to excess body weight, poor nutrition, and/or physical inactivity.
In the early nineties no state had an obesity rate above fifteen percent. Today there are forty-one states with obesity rates over twenty-five percent, according to the Trust for America’s Health.
Some of us might think that drinking diet soda isn’t harmful, but a study from the University of Texas shows us otherwise. The study followed 474 diet soda drinkers for nearly a decade and found that their waists grew seventy percent more than those of non-diet soda drinkers.
Despite many people wrongly connecting obesity with a rich lifestyle, surveys in the United States have shown that poor people have a much higher rate of obesity than the rich.
According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, overweight or obese full-time workers in the United States miss an estimated 450 million workdays each year compared to healthy workers. The consequences of this are an estimated loss of more than $153 billion in annual productivity. Additionally, another survey showed that obese drivers are seventy-eight percent more likely to die in a car crash than a fit or slim driver.
It took the modern world many decades of debate to come to the conclusion that we should consider obesity a disease, but in ancient Greece and Egypt obesity was seen as a severe medical disorder.