PARIS (AFP) – A “tsunami of obesity” is unfurling across the world, resulting in a near-doubling of the numbers of dangerously overweight adults since 1980, doctors warned on Friday.
More than half a billion men and women — nearly one in nine of all adults — are clinically obese, according to research by a team from Imperial College London, Harvard and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
So, what is the most interesting part of the article?
The following is a quote from the article:
High-income countries have also seen a drop in cardiovascular diseases since 1980, despite high levels of obesity.
The United States in particular saw reductions in high blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as a slowdown in tobacco use, according to the study.
This suggests that lifestyle choices — including limiting consumption of animal products and sodium, and increasing physical activity — can play a key role in slashing heart disease.
Now…Let’s think the highlighted area through using common sense rather than be swayed by misinterpretation of data. The World Health Organization data shows that the US “in particular” saw reductions in high blood pressure and cholesterol levels since the 1980’s and the US interpreted this as having to do with lowering fat and sodium ingestion and increasing physical activity.
Hmmmmmmmm….is the US a low fat, low sodium, high physical activity kinda country? And if our better dietary choices and increases in our physical activity have lowered our cholesterol and blood pressure, why are we fighting an escalating epidemic of obesity and diabetes? Doesn’t sound right, does it? Wait a minute….could it be that the reason we lowered our cholesterol and hypertension levels even though we are becoming fatter and sicker is something other than our pristine diet and exercise habits (that are not the reality)??
DRUGS! It was in the 1980’s that cholesterol lowering statins and a plethora of anti-hypertension medications hit the US market We are the most medicated country on this earth and it is a very lucrative business for Americans to become and remain dependent on drugs.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when we are trying to deceive….
A sidenote: When I read an article or a study….I always remember to do two things: Consider who is funding the study AND think through the interpretation of data.
This blog entry is to show a very subjective spin on a very objective fact…..the US is getting fatter, sicker, and is more medicated than ever.
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