World is getting bigger
In Britain and the western world alike the obesity epidemic is spiralling
out of control. It is now the biggest health problem the world faces.
In the UK, government targets to stop the rising obesity rate in
children by the year 2010 looks certain to fail and things are set
The expected cost of our soaring waistlines is set to skyrocket.
Being overweight is linked with Corony heart disease (CHD) and cancer,
the two biggest causes of death in the UK. It is also linked to
diabetes, high cholesterol and a host of other health and medical
Why are we getting obese?
The rapid rise in the population's body weight is being caused by
the changes in the foods we are eating and by our ever-increasing
The quality of our foods has been steadily decreasing over the last
few decades. Increased pressure on agriculture to produce greater
amounts of food products has forced the farmers to use more chemicals
and more intensive farming methods. The result is more food is being
produced, but it is of a lower nutritional value.
The advent of fast food and the ready meal has created foods devoid
of nutrients and essential vitamins. These empty calories are giving
the body energy, but without the essential micro nutrients that
allows the body to flourish and be in good health.
The dominance of the grain industry has also created major problems
to our health. Grains, but more particularly wheat, has become the
major food source in the western diet. In a typical day a person
could have wheat-a-bix for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta
for dinner. All three meals are made up from primarily wheat. There
is nothing inherently wrong with the grain wheat, but it is a good
example of how eating too much of an incomplete food source can
lead to health problems. Food
intolerances are often caused from over consumption.
Food intolerances has been associated with allergies, asthma
Government policy and recommendations has also contributed to our
epidemic. The low fat
theory promoted by the government while ignoring the
effect of sugars, simple carbohydrates and refined food has been
The obesity problem is compounded because it is now cheaper to buy
processed food than healthier food. This results in people buying
the cheaper foods that are of a poor quality. Education in schools
about health and nutrition is paralleled by the quality of their
school dinners. There is a distinct lack of emphasis on health,
education and exercise within our school and education system.
life has been gradually on the rise but now it is at it's highest
ever levels. The computer started the decline in our activity which
was further speeded up by the popularity of the car and the inventions
of many effort saving devises e.g. escalators, mobile phones. The
internet has saved us on having to leave the house to buy products
or compare prices. Children's playing fields have been sold, exercise
taken off the school timetables, as our children become a bunch
of telly addicts.
The way forward in preventing this
The spread of obesity can only be stopped by first taking control
of our own lives and then helping the ones around us. To begin,
we must learn which foods are right for
our body chemistry and the facts
surrounding food quality and related issues.
accompany this we need to instigate an exercise
program consisting of flexibility,
training. When this is combined to other key lifestyle
factors we will be leading a healthy, obesity preventing lifestyle.
We should then encourage as many people as we can from our friends,
colleagues and family to adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle. Parents
are in the perfect position to curb obesity amongst their own children
and their children's friends by encouraging them to be active, get
outside and partake in exercise. In addition to this children should
be given healthier
We can help promote healthy food options by buying organic food,
especially from local producers. This will force the larger supermarkets
to start stocking more local organic products, which will make them
cheaper and more affordable for everyone. This positive effect will
be to the benefit of our societies health.
A losing battle?
We can all take control of our personal health and that of our immediate
family, especially our children. It is a more difficult battle for
society as a whole. Everyday we face pressures from big brand advertising.
industries sway government policy and are allowed to dominate their
market to the benefit of their sales rather than the good of our
individuals we can make a difference if we all start leading a healthy
life and promoting it amongst our network of friends. The quickest
way to start this is understanding the
science of metabolic typing.