Why is there a global obesity epidemic?
A review of the global literature reveals that "experts" blame people across the globe for increasingly becoming overweight due to "urbanization and the influx of Western ways of life including the myriad of fast food choices, little exercise and stressful jobs." Dr. Frank Hu, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, agrees stating: "The problem of obesity rates dramatically increase in countries that are undergoing economical development. Rural workers moving to urban areas perform less physical labor and supplant traditional low-fat diets that include local foods with processed diets that are high in fats and sugar." This statement typifies the general consensus why the world is getting fatter. Unfortunately, these observations, though not without merit, are highly oversimplified and convey the ignorance about the true causative reasons behind the very complex subject of obesity.
In fact, in a 2009 survey of 290 primary care physicians in the United States, the survey revealed that “almost all primary care physicians want to help obese patients lose weight, but they say that no one in their practice knows enough to adequately deal with weight-related issues” (Family Practice News, April 1, 2010). Clearly that is evidenced when the medical professional takes an overweight individual and provides that person a strict exercise and dietary management program. That person may lose weight at first, but most often regains that weight back and more. Even Oprah, with her multiple attempts at weight loss and access to her "gurus", has found frustration in her ability to maintain her desired weight long term. Therefore, there is obviously something more than "urbanization" and "fast food diets" responsible. There are people who eat salads every day who can not control their weight while there are people who eats hundreds of calories a day who are not obese nor exercise much. This conveys that there clearly are other major underlying factors with the matter of obesity. In recent years, scientists have discovered a so-called fat gene in the hopes that the drug industry can find that magic bullet. Yet, like most genetic discoveries, genetics only predisposes you to the condition but does not necessarily condemn you to the condition. Your genes are like road signs for cellular growth. However, it's the bumps in the road of life that can steer your health off course. Fix the bumps and you regain control of your health. In recent years, scientists have come to realize that the triggers and control of obesity lie within the brain. Neurosurgeons have experimented with implanting electrodes in the brain's hypothalamus in a desperate but futile attempt to slow the obese person's metabolism.
In 2007, the World Health Organization estimated that there were 1.6 billion people overweight worldwide with projections that this number will grow by 40% within 10 years. A team at John Hopkins University in Baltimore conducted a study that predicts 75% of adults in the U.S. will be overweight by 2015. Indeed the number will grow as the lack of understanding of the underlying causes of obesity continues. It is the intent of this site to shed new light upon this epidemic and finally offer the global public a real solution to curing obesity permanently. Moreover, it is QuantumMAN's mission to deter anyone contemplating the horrendous gastric bypass surgery, a surgery that literally trashes your health. Click here to review Gastric Bypass Surgery and its house of horrors.
Review ZAG's Obesity Flow Chart that conveys the myriad of metabolic events responsible for obesity.
Overweight and Obesity Defined
The terms "overweight" and "obesity" are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. For an adult, these ranges are calculated on a number called the "body mass index"(BMI). BMI is used because it correlates with the person's amount of body fat. However, BMI does not measure body fat directly.
- An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight
- An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
Use the following table to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). To use the table, find your appropriate height in the left-hand column. Move across the row to the given weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI for that height and weight.
Body Mass Index (BMI) Table
The following profile chart conveys the different body types depicting severity levels of obesity:
For children and teens, the United States Center for Disease Control has the following link that allows one to calculate the BMI for these individuals:
The Evolution of Man
Despite all the best efforts by scientists and health professionals the world over, man has grown fatter over the generations. With so many children significantly overweight presently, they are becoming the first generation to begin dying before their parents. Contributing to this trend is the repeated efforts by people with ill-designed programs that further slow the person's metabolism resulting in making the person fatter with each weight loss attempt.