Obesity and overweigh, it´s up to us
Lately I like questions more and more, so I will start asking something: is it obesity a kind of malnutrition? Yes, it is. Every third part of our population is affected by malnutrition. That´s a problem that United Nations (UN) want to solve in their 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) recognizes six nutritional indicators of malnutrition. In these six indicators there are three big groups. Today I will just talk about the one which includes obesity and overweight.
I know our lifestyle has changed and it´s not easy to eat homemade food every day. Tell me about it, I finished my professional sport career a couple of years ago and since then I´m on the road every two days (and I thought travelling every week was hard!) That means I have to adapt myself to the circumstances to not fail in easy and unhealthy choices. We need to keep our healthy habits and if we don´t have them, we need to create them.
Adult obesity is one of the main causes of death and sickness in the world. If we look at the numbers, it´s terrific to see how from 1980 to 2014 we have doubled the obesity in our population. What kind of older people will we become? Are we prepared to assume this fact? Think about it from an old obese person´s perspective. Is that what we want for our future? A life full of limitations and health problems? It looks like living in a jail for me, but with no going out plan included. Now think about it having your kids in consideration. Do we want to become a burden for them? That looks sad for me.
13% our world population is obese, but there are some regions who have worst quotes. North America, Oceania and Europe belong to the ¨Big Club¨ reaching the 28% of adult obesity.
If we look at overweight in children, the facts are even more painful; in 2016 the number of overweight children under 5 years old in the world was 41 million. This is like whole Spain population! Do we know what kind of risks are children exposed to? I´m sure we do but let me remain you a few: Diabetes type 2, asthma, hypertension, breath problems, sleep trastorn, hepatic sickness… Do you want me to go on?
1.900 million people suffer overweight in the world, that´s why organizations like FAO or World Health Organization (WHO) putted the focus in nutrition as the main task in the Sustainable Develop Agenda.
After that, we need to decide what kind of future do we choose. It´s up to us.