Btw: exercise for mental health not for weight control!
I'm kind of blown away though probably shouldn't be by this sobering statistic from The World Health Organistation (2016)
Obesity (defined below) has TRIPLED since 1975, to almost 2 BILLION people. Have you ever watched music videos from the 70's or Woodstock and thought (Wow, everyone is so skinny!) What's happening?
Let's look at how obesity in these stats was measured.
Weight in Kilos divided by height in metres squared. Example. I'm 75K's divided by my height 1.87 squared (3.49) gives a score of 21.7
Overweight score is 25-30
For me overweight would be 87K's though there is a few kilos lee way if you carry above average muscle from physical work/gym.
Obesity score is 30 and above.
If I hit 104K s I d be considered obese. My point is that obese isn't just a few kilos around the waist, for me it would be an extra 30 Kilos (66 lbs) - equivalent extra weight to carrying a medium sized dog!
It's not a sedentary life that's causing this epidemic, which it is, it's what we're eating.
If diets worked obesity wouldn't be exploding. Diets are truly ubiquitous yet weight gain continues to escalate.
41 million children under 6 worldwide are now obese. It's FOOD.
If obesity were just a vanity score, then who cares? The correlation however between obesity and Type 2 diabetes is almost parallel. Linked to this explosion is the horrific data showing up in over 60's for dementia and Alzheimers.
It's worth looking at risk factors for disease if only to inspire us to make better informed decisions in our day to day lives.
For me a few habit changes like reducing carbs, increasing fats, finding 30 or so minutes a day to exercise with a little twist of 17 hour gaps between meals seems an easy enough trade off to ward of the grim reaper
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