The obesity problem: A permanent fixture in the headlines we read?

The Lancet last week published some pretty grim statistics. Worldwide, between 1980 and 2013:

  • The proportion of adult men with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 25 kg/m2 increased from 28.8% to 36.9%
  • The proportion of adult women with a BMI of at least 25 kg/m2 increased from 29.8% to 38.0%

The authors of the study conclude:

Because of the established health risks and substantial increases in prevalence, obesity has become a major global health challenge. Not only is obesity increasing, but no national success stories have been reported in the past 33 years. Urgent global action and leadership is needed to help countries to more effectively intervene.

The media had a field day:

Without a doubt, this is nothing short of a global problem in need of global solutions.

In the meantime, success on the individual level not only is possible, but is occurring as I write this.


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