It is no mystery that obesity is a global epidemic. More than 1 billion people in the world are considered overweight or obese according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Obesity leads to a multitude of health concerns, including an increased risk of heart disease. The top 10 fattest countries in the world, based on national health surveys WHO compiled between 2000 and 2008, are:
These statistics are likely not particularly surprising. What is interesting, however, is comparing these statistics to another recent obesity ranking. In British author Russell Ash’s book, “Top 10 of Everything 2011,” he uses recent health statistics to rank the countries in which an inordinate amount of young women are obsese. These numbers look different than those above. The top five countries where women under the age of 25 are obese incude:
Cultural and socio-economic factors no doubt play a part in the obesity of young women. But what can WIN do about this? Should WIN look to target any of these regions in its work, as there are likely similar morbity statistics to coincide with these obesity statisitcs? Does WIN have a roll to play in preventative healthcare? Tell us in the comment section below.