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Fit Not Fat OECD Report on Obesity

"Fit Not Fat" Report Highlights Stats on World Obesity

Last week, the OECD, an international economic organization of 33 countries (including the US, Canada, and much of Europe), released its stats on obesity around the world. The "Fit Not Fat" report gives some depressing figures on the current trends in obesity, which the organization says is the result of many factors, including increased food supply, fewer home-cooked meals, less physical activity at work, and more sophisticated tactics from food advertisers. The result of all of this means that while in 1980 only about 10 percent of us were obese, the figure is now at 50 percent or more in most countries are overweight or obese, and that could rise to more than 66 percent if we continue to live the way we do. The stats from the report are pretty interesting. To see some that really stood out for me, just


  • An obese person incurs 25 percent higher health costs than a person of normal weight.
  • Obesity is responsible for 5-10 percent of total health costs in the United States.
  • Obesity increases the risk of early death by approximately 30 percent.
  • Children who have at least one obese parent are three to four times more likely to be obese.
  • Poorly educated women are two to three times more likely to be overweight than those with high levels of education, but almost no disparities are found for men.
  • Obese people earn up to 18 percent less than non-obese people.

The ray of hope is that according to the OECD, prevention strategies such as education programs would save thousands of lives, not to mention dollars, each year in many countries, and the report urges governments to fund prevention programs.

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
Considering that, according to your earlier post, only 5% of Americans are active on a daily basis, this really isn't surprising. Combine that with cheap, processed food that is EVERYWHERE and you end up with a nation of fatties. And I can vouch for the fact that it increases healthcare costs. About 40% of our lab's workload is bloodwork/urine work for people that are overweight/diabetic due to being overweight. Being obese in itself isn't a death sentence, but if it gives you diabetes and heart problems, then yeah, it's a problem.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 6 years
I agree with le romantique. Some how we need to make eating well and exercising the cool and fun thing to do for everyone of all ages. (and not just by trying to convince kids that carrots are junk food. that still sends the wrong message.) So much of our culture and norms include socializing around food. I love meeting my friends for workouts or even casual walks. Good for our body and soul!
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
So sad...
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