Obesity keeps on rising worldwide

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, about one third of the world population, including adults and children, is today overweight or obese. Among them, 10% are obese.

The study authors looked at data from people in 195 countries and territories from 1980 through 2015. The study found that obesity rates have doubled in 70 countries since 1980, and that the rate of childhood obesity has constantly increased in many countries. Greater access to fast food, larger portion sizes and ubiquitous processed food are the main factors to have contributed to this epidemic.

Obesity is a risk factor for numerous health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, respiratory problems, major cancers and more. The study calls for the need for continued focus on surveillance of BMI (Body Mass Index) and identification, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address this problem.

9 years after the FOOD project was launched, obesity is still a serious public health concern worldwide. The 26 partners taking part to the FOOD programme are committed to disseminate nutritional recommendations and good practices towards two target groups, employees and restaurants, therefore contributing to fight against this rising obesity trend.

Source: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362

juin 15, 2017   No Comments

Release of the 2017 World Health Statistics report

The World Health Organisation released on May 17th its 2017 World Health Statistics report. It draws an overview of the key health-related figures of the 194 member countries with a focus on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meant to be reached by 2030.

The SDG target 3.4 (“By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”) deals with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), to which obesity is a risk factor. In 2015, an estimated 40 million deaths occurred due to NCDs, accounting for 70% of the overall total of 56 million deaths. Statistics also show that the probability of dying from diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease between ages 30 and 70 is 19%. Even though it decreased by 17% since 2000, the total number of deaths from NCDs still increases due to population growth and ageing.

The majority of such deaths were caused by the four main NCDs, namely: cardiovascular disease, 17.7 million deaths (accounting for 45% of all NCD deaths); cancer, 8.8 million deaths (22%); chronic respiratory disease, 3.9 million deaths (10%); and diabetes, 1.6 million deaths (4%)

The WHO report also draws recommendations for action. It calls for the creation of health-promoting physical, economic and social environments, citing workplaces as one of the targets. The FOOD programme therefore contributes to the fulfillment of the SDGs targets related to health by its actions of promotion of healthy eating habits on the workplace.

To read the full 2017 report, click here.

mai 22, 2017   No Comments