Overeating is not only not good for you, it is not good for the planet. If you are consuming more food than you need, then that food has to be grown somewhere. It has to be harvested and transported at great cost in environmental terms. If, there are billions of fat people all eating more than they need for a healthy lifestyle, then the planet is being overworked and producing more greenhouse gasses than it needs to.
Okay, so you are addicted to food because you stomach has gone over the edge. It demands feeding and that in turn makes you ravenous. But you are the one with the brain, not your stomach. If you can train yourself to ignore the stomachs demands for fodder, you will be helping to reduce global warming. Is that not a good reason to cut down on consumption. Now, you'll have to excuse me while I find a nice big chocolate bar to devour - in moderation of course.
And another thing, we could go back to the old days and start to eat each other. It sound very Hannibal Lecter, but we are animals and we rear animals for food, so why not eat our way to a reduced population. Maybe the good doctor was not so mad after all. We're told that human flesh tastes like pork. Who wouldn't kill for a nice bit of crackling - well, of course you have to kill the pig, or you couldn't eat it. The Aztecs were very fond of a nice human leg, no doubt a sacrifice to the gods, but, waste not want not. If not for a fellow passenger or two, quite a few airplane crash survivors would have starved to death. So it is food for thought. Only kidding.
SCIENCE DAILY Nov. 5, 2010
Researchers at Harvard University say America's obesity epidemic won't plateau until at least 42 percent of adults are obese, an estimate derived by applying mathematical modeling to 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data.
The good news is that if you can stop eating you will lose weight - and that's that. I've done it when the situation was forced on me. I lost roughly 1 pound every day by just drinking fluids. I even lost the will to eat, which is nearly as dangerous as over-eating. But eating is addictive and a psychological condition triggered by the stomach. Without huge fat reserves a whale would be unable to migrate. Humans don't need such large energy reserves, but maybe this is evolution working to prepare some of our species for who knows what? Food for thought.
Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and other mammals, is increased to a point where it is a risk factor for certain health conditions or increased mortality. Obesity develops from the interaction of individual biology and the environment. Excessive body weight has been shown to predispose to various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is both an individual clinical condition and is increasingly viewed as a serious public health problem.
The effects of obesity are related not only to the amount of fat but to the distribution. Central or visceral obesity, where fat accumulates around the trunk and in the abdominal cavity, is considered to be of higher risk than diffusely distributed subcutaneous fat (Cotran, 1999).
The main treatment for obesity consists of dieting and physical exercise. Diet programs may produce weight loss over the short term, but maintaining this weight loss is frequently difficult and often requires making exercise and a lower food energy diet a permanent part of a person's lifestyle. Success rates of long-term weight loss maintenance with lifestyle changes are low, ranging from 2–20%. Dietary and lifestyle changes are effective in limiting excessive weight gain in pregnancy and improve outcomes for both the mother and the child.
The rate of obesity in China has increased by 97% in 10 years, according to a government report.
China's first official nutrition and health survey shows that between 1992 and 2002 more than 60 million people became obese. The biggest problem is in China's cities, where 12% of adults and 8% of children were classified as obese.
Health officials have been blaming diets too high in fat and a decrease in physical exercise. They warn that obesity is likely to increase even further. However, the study also found that levels of malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies have dropped.
Health advice needed
Results of the 2002 survey were not fully computed until this year because of the large numbers of people involved - more than 270,000 took part in the survey. It found that while China had made progress in reducing poverty its people needed advice about how to live a healthy lifestyle.
"The Chinese population does not have enough awareness and lacks knowledge of what is a reasonable nutrition and diet," AFP news agency quoted Vice Health Minister Wang Longde as saying.
Some people - especially urban residents - were eating too much meat, oils and fats and not enough cereals, he said. Parents and grandparents often fed their offspring excessively to make up for being fed inadequately themselves, he added.
A rise in car use and less physical labour were also contributing factors, the survey said. Altogether, around 200 million people are thought to be overweight, 22.8% of the population, and 60 million (7.1%) obese.
The percentage of overweight people in the cities rose to 30%, and the Beijing Morning Post published results of separate city survey indicating that in the capital the figure was as high as 60%.
Some obesity co-factors are resistant to the theory that the "epidemic" is a new phenomenon. In particular, a class co-factor consistently appears across many studies. Comparing net worth with BMI scores, a 2004 study found obese American subjects approximately half as wealthy as thin ones. When income differentials were factored out, the inequity persisted — thin subjects were inheriting more wealth than fat ones. A higher rate of lack of education and tendencies to rely on cheaper fast foods is seen as a reason why these results are so dissimilar. Another study finds women who married into higher status are predictably thinner than women who married into lower status.
Graphic chart comparing obesity percentages of the
total population in OECD member countries
Public health and policy - Prevalence
The Health Survey for England predicts that more than 12 million adults and 1 million children will be obese by 2010 if no action is taken. The prime minister has urged people to take more responsibility for their fitness and diet.
The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States makes obesity a leading public health problem. The United States has the highest rates of obesity in the developed world. From 1980 to 2002, obesity has doubled in adults and overweight prevalence has tripled in children and adolescents. From 2003-2004, "children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years, 17.1% were overweight...and 32.2% of adults aged 20 years or older were obese." The prevalence in the United States continues to rise. The prevalence of obesity has been continually rising for two decades. This sudden rise in obesity prevalence is attributed to environmental and population factors rather than individual behavior and biology because of the rapid and continual rise in the number of overweight and obese individuals. The current environment produces risk factors for decreased physical activity and for increased calorie consumption. These environmental factors operate on the population to decrease physical activity and increase calorie consumption.
While it may often appear obvious why a certain individual gets fat, it is far more difficult to understand why the average weight of certain societies have recently been growing. While genetic causes are central to understanding obesity, they cannot fully explain why one culture grows fatter than another.
This is most notable in the United States. In the years from just after the Second World War until 1960 the average person's weight increased, but few were obese. In the two and a half decades since 1980 the growth in the rate of obesity has accelerated markedly and is increasingly becoming a public health concern.
In modern Western culture, the obese body shape is widely regarded as unattractive. Obese bodies are rarely positively represented in mainstream media. Many negative stereotypes are commonly associated with obese people, such as the belief that they are lazy, dirty, stupid, or even evil. Some point to gluttony, the second of the seven deadly sins, when referring to the this last stereotype. Obese children, teenagers and adults face a heavy social stigma. Obese children are frequently the targets of bullies and are often shunned by their peers. Obesity in adulthood can lead to a slower rate of career advancement. Most obese people have experienced negative thoughts about their body image, and many take drastic steps to try to change their shape.
Not all contemporary cultures disapprove of obesity. There are many cultures which are traditionally more approving (to varying degrees) of obesity, including some African, Arabic, Indian, and Pacific Island cultures. Especially in recent decades, obesity has come to be seen more as a medical condition in modern Western culture.
Recently emerging is a small but vocal fat acceptance movement that seeks to challenge weight-based discrimination. Obesity acceptance and advocacy groups have initiated litigation to defend the rights of obese people and to prevent their social exclusion.
Like many other medical conditions, obesity is the result of an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Polymorphisms in various genes controlling appetite and metabolism predispose to obesity when sufficient food energy present. As of 2006 more than 41 of these sites have been linked to the development of obesity when a favorable environment is present.People with two copies of the FTO gene (fat mass and obesity associated gene) has been found on average to weigh 3–4 kg more and have a 1.67-fold greater risk of obesity compared to those without the risk allele. The percentage of obesity that can be attributed to genetics varies, depending on the population examined, from 6% to 85%.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that overweight and obesity may soon replace more traditional public health concerns such as undernutrition and infectious diseases as the most significant cause of poor health. Obesity is a public health and policy problem because of its prevalence, costs, and health effects.
Public health efforts seek to understand and correct the environmental factors responsible for the increasing prevalence of obesity in the population. Solutions look at changing the factors that cause excess food energy consumption and inhibit physical activity. Efforts include federally reimbursed meal programs in schools, limiting direct junk food marketing to children, and decreasing access to sugar-sweetened beverages in schools. When constructing urban environments, efforts have been made to increase access to parks and to develop pedestrian routes.
LINKS and REFERENCE
(Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers)
for education staff and volunteers in schools
LINKS and REFERENCE
charity no: 230750
High fructose sugar is proven to increase the risk of obesity
.. thirst for Life
Solar Cola uses pure cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup
so is a healthier alternative according to studies (natural flavourings)
This website is Copyright © 1999 & 2012 Max Energy Limited an educational charity working hard for world peace. The bird logos and names Solar Navigator, Blueplanet Ecostar and Utopia Tristar are trademarks. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are hereby acknowledged.