If trends continue, we’ll all be fat in 40 years

If trends continue, we’ll all be fat in 40 years by Sherly Wijono

A few days ago when i was browsing through msn, I found this article which I think is important for us to know. It is stated in the article that "is the trends of the past three decades continue, it's possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now." I was literally shocked when I read it. For me, I thought that it's rather impossible and not making any sense...

Dr. Lan Liang of the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said that genetically and physiologically it should be impossible if all the American's adults become overweight. However, if the trends of the past 30 years continues, it is estimated that 86 percent of American adults will be overweight by 2030, with an obesity rate of 51 percent. By 2048, all U.S. adults could be at least mildly overweight. A researcher initially also said that it might sound impossible to some people. But looking at the rate
how these obese people are growing (2/3 of the world's population is already overweight), the impossible could become possible. When more people are becoming obese, not only their body increases in size, but the healthcare costs directly related to excess pounds is also estimated to double each decade, reaching $957 billion in 2030 — accounting for one of every six healthcare dollars spent in the U.S. The estimated cost is based on Cencus data and the current cost. The cost in the future would probably a lot higher that the estimated cost. The reason why the healthcare cost increases as the number of obese people increases is because, the more obese a person is, the more likely he/she is to develop health problems. Some of the health problems that are related to obesity are the increased risk of cancer (colon cancer), heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis and etc. To know whether a person is obese or not, we measured it by Body Mass Index (BMI). If the BMI of a person is over 30, then it's already considered as obese.

To keep people away from obesity, it is important for us to really make an effort. The best way to maintain a normal weight and prevent obesity is to eat a healthy diet and to exercise regularly. To eat a healthy diet means that we must be careful in what we consume. To maintain a daily records of both fat and calories intake is a great way to get it started. Try to eat less junk foods and foods that are high in fat. We also need to consume at least five daily servings of raw fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and green vegetables. And not to forget, to at least drink at least 6 glasses of water daily.. But to make it really successful, a societal effort is also needed. For example, to get the food industries to offer healthier choice. I hope hat 40 years from now, we would still be healthy.

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