WHO Declares American Weight Problem Draining World’s Resources
Susanne Posel, Contributor
Researchers at the BMC Public Health have published a study regarding the increasing levels of “fatness” worldwide and the impact such weight gain has on global resources. They contend that over-weight people are likening to an extra billion humans born on the planet.
Clearly, according to the study, this is not sustainable. They contend a new social meme concerning consumption, weight and population growth called “globesity” must be introduced to combat this new problem.
The target of these researchers is North America, specifically the American population. Although Americans only account for 6% of the global population, more than a third of them are considered obese.
Those of “low socioeconomic status” are susceptible to disease, lack education and failing occupational status. Their overall health, with respect to obesity is “unknown”.
The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) has collected data on obesity since 2005, employing scientists to analyze the average global body weight as 137 lbs. However WHO also points out that these averages are dependent on region. WHO admonishes North America’s average body weight at 178 lbs.
Ian Roberts, professor and co-author of the study explains: “When people think about environmental sustainability, they immediately focus on population. Actually, when it comes down to it – it’s not how many mouths there are to feed, it is how much flesh there is on the planet.”
America is top on WHO’s list of fattest nations. Roberts contends that since America is admired by the rest of the world, their lack of care for their bodily health has dramatic implications for the planet. Roberts says, “If every country in the world had the same level of fatness that we see in the USA, in weight terms that would be like an extra billion people of world average body mass.”
Along with the US, Arab nations are under attack as well. Roberts blames the introduction of the automobile as the cause of their weight problems. “One of the most important determinants of average body mass index is motor vehicle gas consumption per capita. So, it is no surprise to see many of the Arab countries in the list – people eat but they move very little because they drive everywhere.”
A new social meme concerning consumption, weight and population growth is needed to change current trends. Roberts asserts that “we’ve also got to think of this fatness thing . . . it is part of the same issue of exceeding our planetary limits.”
The idea of humanity as a viable threat to the Earth’s eco-systems is permeating the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio+20 this month.
Prof Charles Godray from the Martin School at the University of Oxford, who chaired the process of writing the declaration , says “The overall message is that we need a renewed focus on both population and consumption – it’s not enough to look at one or the other. We need to look at both, because together they determine the footprint on the world.”
The UN blames “rapid unplanned urbanization” and the “globalization of unhealthy lifestyles” as the culprits of the obesity epidemic. The UN also declares that the cost of overweight and obese individuals in a drain on our global economy; and a burden indicative of large, affluent societies, like America.
The UN’s report entitled, Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases mandates that “national and global monitoring and surveillance” for reversing the epidemic of obesity is necessary to “address the epidemic”.
WHO complains about the lack of “surveillance systems and monitoring” of over-weight people are not “integrated into national health information systems”. They demand that obese people be surveilled by the healthcare industry and governmental agencies to reduce “behavioral and metabolic risk factors” in low-income communities.
WHO asserts that “strengthening surveillance is a priority at the national and global levels.” They also recommend “interventions” by healthcare professionals and governments as long as they are “cost effective”.
Along with controlling the diet of the general public, WHO asserts that vaccinations against Hepatitis B and the HPV immunization will assist in lowering the weight problem and other all health of the public.
It is clear that the UN’s focus on sustainability does not end with biodiversity climate change and the environment, but also in controlling the lifestyle of the world’s population.
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Study: World faces food crisis if American weight-gain trends spread
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, June 18, 2012 15:14 EDT
If the human race keeps growing fatter at American rates, the Earth may face a rise in food demand equal to that of nearly a billion extra people, British researchers warned on Monday.
Expanding waistlines in the rich world pose a grave threat to our planet’s finite resources, said the team, arguing that a population explosion in the Third World was often wrongly singled out as the chief menace.
“If all countries had the BMI distribution of the USA, human biomass would increase by 58 million tonnes, an increase in mass equivalent to an extra 935 million people of average body mass,” said the researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
A heavier body requires more energy, obtained from food, in both its active and restive states.
The world’s over-15 population in 2005, when it was estimated at 4.6 billion, weighed a total 287 million tonnes, said the team — an average of 62 kilogrammes (137 pounds) per individual.
Of the total, 15 million tonnes were ascribed to overweight — a mass equivalent to 242 million people of average weight.
Biomass due to obesity was put at 3.5 million tonnes, the equivalent of about 56 million average-weight individuals.
A person is considered overweight if his body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight, is over 25, while a BMI over 30 qualifies one as obese.
The food energy used to fuel the excess kilogrammes that overweight people carry around could nourish more than 100 million extra average-weight individuals, the team wrote in the journal BMC Public Health.
“The average (weight) is increasing everywhere. Everybody is getting fatter, even the thin people are getting fatter,” co-author Ian Roberts told AFP.
“When people talk about the Earth and how many people it can maintain, they usually think of what is the population and how much is the population growing. Very quickly, people start pointing fingers at poor people in poor countries having too many babies.”
But it was a mistake to count the number of mouths that need feeding and not the amount of flesh that needs sustenance, he said.
“Once you start thinking in terms of flesh, actually one has to start pointing the finger at fat populations in wealthy countries as well,” said Roberts.
“It is not just about family planning in Africa”.
Top four causes of degenerative disease
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by: Jonathan Landsman
(NaturalNews) Some people might say that the greatest threat to human health is fear, an inability to forgive and a lack of love in our heart. In addition, many health experts simply warn us about the dangers of genetically-engineered foods, chemtrails and over-exposure to radioactive isotopes. Today, let’s look at four (basic) areas that could be putting you at risk for disease.
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Can toxic relationships make you physically sick?
Naturally, chronic stress (mentally and emotionally) can lead to excessive body weight, sickness and disease. An over-controlling spouse or parent; an obnoxious employer and even annoyingly-needy friends can weaken your immune system and seriously threaten your health.
It’s not always easy to cut a “bad” relationship – out of your life. Certainly, it may not be an option to get rid of your parents or divorce your spouse. But, try to make an effort to minimize or remove yourself from unhealthy situations – especially when you’re not ready to respond in a healthy manner. Often, it’s just a matter of changing our perspective (and response to difficult moments) that improve our relationship with people.
Where is the inflammation in your life?
If you’ve “tried everything” and can’t lose weight or feel healthy – it may be a food allergy. I’m not talking about a swollen-faced allergic reaction, but a low-level (chronic) inflammation may be lowering your quality of life – everyday. Keep in mind: eggs, nuts, soy, wheat and dairy are the most common foods to create health problems. Eliminate one by one and see if that helps you to feel better.
The pollution inside of your body could be killing you (slowly)
Our environment exposes us to cigarette smoke, chemical cosmetics, mercury-based tooth fillings, prescription drugs, and heavy-metal laced fish. These unwanted pollutants can get stored in our fat cells and create an array of vicious side effects.
The big question is: “what should you do?” Try consulting with a trusted, healthcare professional and investigate the most effective detoxification program to fit your needs. Generally speaking, it’s good to clean out the colon (first), then look at liver-gallbladder, parasite and heavy metal cleanses. In addition, you may want to look at sauna therapy to promote a good sweat.
Traffic Noise Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack
By Chelsea Whyte | June 21, 2012 4:32 PM EDT
Traffic doesn’t just add to air pollution, it creates noise pollution. And even if you don’t notice the sound, it can take a heavy toll on your body and lead to a higher risk of heart attack for those living in loud areas, according to a new study by the Danish Cancer Society.
Over a 10-year period, researchers tracked over 50,000 people age 50 to 64 living in two of Denmark’s largest cities, Copenhagen and Aarhus. They monitored their health and took note of the locations of their homes and measured how much noise each person had been exposed to based on traffic patterns in the area.
During the study, 1,600 participants had their first heart attack, and the higher the traffic noise near their house, the greater their risk. The researchers found that increases in heart attack risk started with exposure to sound at about 40 decibels, and for every 10-decible increase in traffic noise, there was a 12 percent higher risk of heart attack.
Most common side effect after weight loss surgery is alcohol abuse
Posted: June 19, 2012 | Comments
Some people who undergo weight-loss surgery end up trading their struggle with food for one with alcohol – but perhaps not for the reason you think.
The largest prospective study to examine the connection found that 10.7% of patients who underwent a bariatric operation called roux-en-Y gastric bypass got in trouble with drinking by the second year after the surgery. That compared with about 7% of patients who drank too much before they had the same operation, reflecting a 50% increase in relative risk.
Stop with the antacids already
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by: Craig Stellpflug
(NaturalNews) Have you ever noticed how young people in good health never seem to have indigestion? It is because their stomachs make enough acid to digest their food. But as we age, our stomachs make less and less acid. By the time we are 60 years old, our stomach acid has dropped off up to 75 percent less from when we were 20.
Okay, now think this through. If we are making significantly less stomach acid, then what’s up with the billions of bucks we spend on antacids to treat our “acid reflux”, GERD and etc.? Maybe, just maybe, it isn’t an overproduction of acid in our tummies but rather a lack of it. Millions of dollars go into advertising to convince us that we need the latest and greatest antacid when in fact we usually need more hydrochloric acid.
Lifespan-Crushing Stress Levels Skyrocket Since 1983
June 17, 2012
In the past, it was difficult to get an accurate measure of how stress had changed over time. This is because people 50 years ago simply didn’t measure stress levels; it wasn’t the concern that it is now. But because of the status quo, the need to make more money, gain more accolades, or simply pay the bills—stress has become harder to ignore.
Stress Levels Skyrocket Since 1983
In 1983, a telephone stress survey was conducted. Now, almost three decades later, we get to compare the results of that survey with current numbers to see how stress levels have changed through the years.
Most people showed increased stress levels. But women, poor people and those with lower education levels reported more stress in each subsequent survey. The group that experienced the most stress related to the 2008-09 economic catastrophe were white, employed, middle-aged men with college degrees. Researchers surmise this could be because the group had the most to lose when the economy took a downturn.
According to USA Today, “stress increased 18% for women and 24% for men from 1983 to 2009.” They also found that stress tends to decrease as people age, with those in their 30s reporting lower stress levels than those in their 20s, and so forth. Nearly every demographic reported higher stress levels in the 2000s than in 1983, anywhere from 10 to 30% more.
This particular report has been called “more credible than most stress surveys because of its scientific methodology.” And I think most of us would agree that we are living in more stressful times now than 20 or 30 years ago. This is particularly concerning due to the fact that high stress levels have been linked to a 50% increased chance of premature death.
David Spiegel of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine says, “Economic pressures are greater, and it’s harder to turn off information, and it’s harder to buffer ourselves from the world.”
He makes a good point. Not only do we, as modern adults, seem more preoccupied with getting more “stuff” and having more success, but we have a harder time escaping from the pressures of life. A vacation now isn’t what it was 30 years ago. We remain connected to our office, bill collectors, and everyone else with modern technology, and there really is only fleeting escapes from these constant demands. We are bombarded with reasons to stay stressed, if not from our own doings, than from mainstream media, making things like meditation, proper nutrition, and stress-blasting fitness all the more crucial.
Thankfully, there is information available you may use to understand how to destress.
Stress, Extra Fat Fueling ‘Sleepiness’ Lack of Energy Epidemic
June 14, 2012
Feeling tired and rundown throughout the day with a significant lack of energy? So are a multitude of others throughout the globe, experiencing serious fatigue and drained mental energy as a result of a paralyzing combination of wrenching mental stress and obesity. In other words, two results of a negative lifestyle that is ultimately breeding disease and an overall feeling of ‘sickness’. In this case, the body is so drained just attempting to remedy the inner problems that it cannot even function properly on a daily basis.
The issue has gone so far that it is even causing accidents, some as severe as ‘drowsy driving’ accidents and workplace injuries. You see, obesity is not necessarily the ’cause’ of this but the biproduct of the true cause. Fueled by poor sleep, unhealthy eating, and a toxic lifestyle, obesity is the warning sign of a ‘sick’ individual. Is it any wonder that heavy amounts of fructose and low amounts of healthy omega-3′s have been linked to ‘stupidity‘ as proclaimed by the very study authors themselves? This ‘stupidity’ includes decreased learning and memory function, two essential components of proper real life function.
Presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies annual meeting, the newly-releasing findings detail just how serious this ‘sleepiness’ epidemic (or lack of energy) has become. Study author Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas from Penn State compares it to the obesity epidemic itself. He states:
“The ‘epidemic’ of sleepiness parallels an ‘epidemic’ of obesity and psychosocial stress. Weight loss, depression and sleep disorders should be our priorities in terms of preventing the medical complications and public safety hazards associated with this excessive sleepiness.”
And Dr. Vgontzas is absolutely correct. Until the original issue is changed, which is the damaging lifestyle choices of affected individuals, they cannot be expected to be experiencing optimum health and subsequent optimal energy levels. Thankfully, it isn’t very challenging or expensive to begin your journey to optimum health. A number of free resources exist on NaturalSociety to help you get started, such as simple daily tips to help you get started. You don’t have to be tired throughout the day, and you aren’t meant to be.
The ‘cigarette hangover’ and how it worsens smoking addiction
Friday, June 15, 2012 by: S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) Just about anyone who has had “too much to drink” knows about the alcohol hangover, where you have an excruciating headache and your body does NOT want you to do anything that requires energy. The first thing you do when you wake up with a hangover is reach for some water and pain reliever. Millions of smokers worldwide have “found themselves” in a similar, vicious cycle where they pollute their body with 4,000 chemicals, and then wait about 30 to 45 minutes for the hangover to kick in, at which time they go outside and take a “nicotine” aspirin, which means lighting up some commercial-rolled GMO tobacco chock full of ammonia, bleach, pesticide, insecticide, herbicide and carpet glue (“firesafe”), and inhale, hold, then exhale about a dozen times.
Since the cigarette manufacturing “chem-labs” began using ammonia, the nicotine hits the brain and heart within 3 seconds, and the smoker’s dopamine levels go up rapidly, providing feelings of elation, relaxation, or pep, depending on the length of the drag (inhale). This immediate relief from the CNS hangover(central nervous system hangover) is almost a must for the pack-a-day smoker to function on a reasonable level. Otherwise, the effect commercial cigarettes have on the body can devastate the average smoker, robbing him or her of natural will, positive emotions, and overall health.
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