Obesity : Shocking Reminder Of It’s ‘Widening’ Popularity

Yes, obesity is all over the news at the moment, not least because it is a major precursor to many chronic health conditions including Diabetes and heart disease to name a few! Obesity is at the forefront of current news because despite the warnings, the world appears to be getting fatter and fatter still. Obesity isn’t exclusive to just the developed countries, the developing countries also show steady increases in obesity rates. High income countries exhibit some of the highest increases, with the USA leading the way (approx 1/3 of the population are obese) closely followed by Australia and the UK. There has been an increase of 28% in adults, but more startlingly a rise of 47% in children which does not look good for future generations. Albeit this rise has occurred over 33 years, but in the famous words of Hugh Heffner, a rise is a rise right? I joke, but this is definitely not a joking matter as evidenced by Professor Gakidou who states:

"Unlike other major global health risks, such as tobacco and childhood nutrition, obesity is not decreasing worldwide. Our findings show that increases in the prevalence of obesity have been substantial, widespread, and have arisen over a short time. However, there is some evidence of a plateau in adult obesity rates that provides some hope that the epidemic might have peaked in some developed countries and that populations in other countries might not reach the very high rates of more than 40% reported in some developing countries."

Let’s hope the NHS’s recent drive on obesity will come to the fore in due course, otherwise life expectancy’s will fall and for many, quality of life will cease to exist!



ScienceDaily, (2014). Obesity rates climbing worldwide, most comprehensive global study to date shows. Retrieved 29th May, 2014, from


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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