GLOBESITY: Obesity is a global epidemic. The global population is expanding in numbers, but also in weight. Rates of obesity worldwide have more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, 1.9 billion adults were overweight and 600 million were obese.
INTERVIEW WITH NBA SPORTSMAN SATNAM SINGH ON HEALTH
Societal norms regarding food and activity are changing. Instead of eating fresh foods from farms and fish from rivers and oceans, people in developing countries are eating more processed foods imported from Western nations that are full of sugar and saturated fats. As these nations become wealthier, people are using more technology to travel such as cars, buses, and trains which result in less physical activity.
HOW TO ADDRESS THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC
The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually, more than the combined costs of armed violence, war and terrorism. almost 30% of the world's population is obese, and that if present trends continue, that almost half the population will be clinically overweight or obese by 2030.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Satnam Singh Bhamara, NBA's first Indian-Born basketball player, will shed light on the importance of eating healthy, staying active & how it can lead to success. His documentary 'One in A Billion' on Netflix provides more info on his journey to the NBA. He will share information on growing up in a village in India & how his diet & discipline made him the man he is today.
No single solution ill reverse the problem, instead calling for a "systemic, sustained portfolio of initiatives" to tackle the crisis, such as better nutritional label, healthier food at schools, advertising restrictions on fatty foods and beverages, and public health campaigns.
Numerous articles and studies state that the obesity epidemic is increasing year by year and is effecting millions of people. The only hope for the future is to involve the government and bring societies together to make them realize that obesity is taking the lives of many. Early prevention and thorough education on health can help slow the rate of obesity and build a healthier future.